Peabody prepares closure after 118 years

June 16, 2013 6:16:32 AM PDT
One of nearly 50 Chicago Public Schools slated for closure is commemorating 118 years of education today before its doors close for good this summer.

Students, staff, and community members came out to honor the history of Peabody Elementary School.

The celebration included music, games, and last chance to play at a school parents and teachers call a special place.

"There's a lot of love, care, and a wonderful sense of family at our school," said parent Nicole Lawrence. "It's sad, you know, (you) grow a bond with teachers and the principal as a family and you know, it's just sad."

Some of Peabody's teachers are among the more than 800 CPS instructors laid off yesterday as part of the school closures CPS says are aimed at improving performance while trying to close a budget deficit.

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