Fond farewell at Pelkie; Looking ahead to ‘Coming Together’

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SAYING GOODBYE–Baraga students from kindergarten through the seniors enjoyed a time to reflect on the Pelkie School at a picnic last Thursday, May 14, 2015. The school will close at the end of this year due to declining enrollment in its K-2 classrooms. Although sad the event turned into a celebration of “coming together” as all the grades will be in Baraga next year. A show of hands revealed that the vast majority of students and community members had attended Pelkie School.


“Closed not forgotten” is the motto the Baraga school community is using to say goodbye to the Pelkie School. A well-attended community picnic drew people together for lunch, visiting and a formal program on the lawn in front of the historic 1932 building. How well-attended was the picnic? Beth Reynolds and crew in the Pelkie kitchen served up almost 700 hot dogs! The Pelkie kindergartners, first and second graders and staff played host as six busloads of third through 12th grade students came from the Baraga campus for the festive yet somewhat sad ceremony. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers..