Larrabee Elementary to commemorate closure with block party


BELLINGHAM - After more than 90 years, Larrabee Elementary School is going out with a bit of fun Friday, June 13, with a block party to commemorate the last full week at the school before it closes.

As soon as the bell rings to dismiss students for the day on Friday, the School's Out Forever Block Party is set to begin. The event is open to the Larrabee community.

The party will run from 3 to 6 p.m. and will include live music, pizza, ice cream, games and a dunk tank, all sponsored by the Larrabee PTA with the hope of turning the school's closure into a positive process for the students.

Friday had been scheduled as the last day of school, but the actual last day of classes was pushed back to Tuesday, June 17, to make up for snow days. The last day of school will include an assembly with teacher performances and an end-of-year slide show.

Larrabee students will be sent to Happy Valley and Lowell Elementary in the fall.

The school will reopen sometime in the next school year to serve as the home of Bellingham School District's new homeschool partnership program.

The homeschooling program was one of three proposed uses for Larrabee after the school board voted in May 2013 to close the school because the building wasn't adequate for an elementary school. A repurposing think tank worked on ideas for how to use the school, including as a building for district office space or as a preschool.

Reach Zoe Fraley at or 360-756-2803.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at or call 756-2803.

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