A “Memory Walk” for Joy Elementary School’s final days open

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 10:37 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As Joy Elementary School prepares to close its doors for good, students and faculty held a memory walk to honor the many years the school has continuously impacted lives.

Stacy Foshee, the interim principal said, “We are closing three schools in our district in order to build capacity in our other schools.”

Joy is one of the three Fairbanks district schools closing their doors permanently at the end of the academic year.

The elementary school hosted a “memory walk” in order to remember the 61 years of joy the school brought to so many educators and students.

Foshee said, “Students are going to five different elementary schools within the Fairbanks North Star Borough school district. Then teachers right now, we are all applying for jobs and hoping to get positions within the district, which we all will be placed somewhere.”

The grandchildren of the school’s founder, Louis F. Joy, were in attendance, as well as former assistant principal, Dave Foshee, who gave a speech honoring the school. “What really made Joy special wasn’t the building - it’s a nice building, I love it - but it’s the people that are in the building from the educators to the families to the kids.”

Many former and current staff and students attended the memory walk, which was held in the school building itself to commemorate so many memories. Some were so good, attendees even wanted to sing about them.

Chris Villano - former PTA President, and Katie Spellman - a former student sang a school song that went:

“Joy School, that’s us, what does it mean? It means the people here have a real good scene.

People come from miles around, just to see what’s going down.

They say Joy School is cool, students are polite. They mind their manners and they never fight.”

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