Looking back: Washington Elementary School

Warren Weekly | Published June 22, 2016

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These photos briefly tell the tale of Washington Elementary School, which was the first school building in Van Dyke Public Schools. When Washington first began, it was a one-room wooden schoolhouse and handled grades one through eight. As the community grew, a new Washington Elementary was constructed in 1971 with a new library, learning center and three special education classrooms.

Washington was a starting ground for many programs helping special-needs students. Peggy Erity was the first speech therapist in VDPS.

The original Washington Elementary School, pictured, was eventually torn down and a new building was built. Due to a decrease in enrollment, Washington closed as an elementary school several years ago.

Source: “The Bicentennial Section” publication from Van Dyke Public Schools, provided by school board member Eleanor Bates

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