"Don't Cry Because It's Over. Smile Because it Happened." Dr. Seuss
As many are aware, Rogers Elementary School will close as a functioning elementary school at the end of this school year. The current Rogers Elementary School staff has wonderful memories of their school, their students and families. Here are some of their favorite memories.
"I remember when Rogers first opened. We had a huge Thanksgiving dinner. Every class made something like relish trays, desserts and centerpieces. We also had a special education Boys and Girls Scouts with meetings, field trips, and camps-outs here at the school all for the children who might not have had these opportunities." - Sandra Olson, 36 years
"I remember the wonderful aroma of Thanksgiving dinners in Room 116 as well as Boy Scout sleepovers, and visits from Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Rogers School was a family. Members of a family will occasionally disagree with each other, but we will always stand together in tough times. I will sadly miss our Rogers family and hope the friendships made here will extend to our next great adventure in education." - Joe Trusso, 30 years
"Rogers has always been 'home.' This is where my family loves, my sons went to school and I have taught my entire school careera special 'home' indeed!" - Becky Teresi, 26 years
"There are many things special about Rogers my son went here, I've met a lot of people and we're all family. I love when the kids wave at me while they pass the office window. I will miss everyone!" - Norma Swanson, 20 years
"Twenty years of the excitement of the first day of school. The students and parents entering Rogers all dressed up with big smiles on their faces. There were always a few tears, too, but mostly smiles." - Marsha Forsberg, 20 years
"I'll always remember all the great students over the years. It has been such a joy watching students come into kindergarten, grow and learn, and then 'graduate' from fourth grade." - Kathleen Isaacson, 17 years
"One of my favorite memories of Rogers was our annual fourth-grade volleyball match versus the teachers. It was always so spirited and the students and teachers looked forward to it. Too bad the students never beat the teachers!" - Trevor Hitchcock, 16 years
"The sense of family among staff members is amazing!" - Lisa Certo-Card, 15 years
"Rogers has been my second home for 15 years. I have worked with so many amazing people over the years and met many wonderful families. I will always be proud to say that I was a part of Rogers Elementary." - Vicky Connor, 15 years
"I have many treasured memories and the smiles and laughter in the faculty room will always warm my heart." - Laura Golden, 15 years
"I remember attending the old Rogers when I was in kindergarten. After Christmas, when I was in the second grade I attended the new Rogers." Lori Kindberg, 13 years
"Memories that will always stay with me are of the students. I will treasure the times I have laughed at something they have said or received a hug or kind word from one of them." - Julie Sirianno, 11 years
"All my memories from Rogers are wonderful. But I will always remember how we were like family and how we always pulled together when one of our 'family members' was in need." - Dianne Merchant, 10 years
"I came to Rogers as a result of a transfer seven years ago. I wasn't happy about having to move. However, I found at Rogers a great group of colleagues, students and friends that I will always treasure." - Molly Frushone, seven years
"I have been at Rogers for four years as a teacher, but I was also a student here. I was lucky enough to take over for my own second-grade teacher and have had a great experience here as a teacher and student." - Tim Anderson, four years
"Rogers has been a wonderfully warm and welcoming school. My favorite memory is Mr. Tracey being covered with loads of whipped cream pie at the end of PARP week." - Kim Spillane, four years
"My favorite memory of Rogers is, and always will be, the people. The students, parents, faculty and staff have made our school the wonderful place that it is. Even though we'll all be in different places next year, we'll have our memories of our Rogers family forever." - Brooke Isaacson, four years.
"My memory will be of compassionate people; a team ready to pitch in. Adults who focused on the needs of the students to ensure that Rogers' last year as a school could still be one of its best. I will have memories of some very special students - hard workers, polite, with great spirits." -David Hickey, Jr., principal, one year
The school will hold an open house on June 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for alumni, friends and the public to tour the school and look at scrapbooks and memorabilia from over the years.