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Last Hurrah Planned for Clifton Elementary

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Patty Hopkins is president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Clifton Elementary. She helped organize tonight's event and expects more than 500 people to attend.

"It's kind of our own personal goodbye to the school -- because as of June 30, the building is locked and shuttered and that's the end of it -- for now," Hopkins says.

Hopkins says on display tonight will be old Clifton memorabilia volunteers and staff could find.

Erin Tengesdal will be there -- she graduated from the school, and has two children at Clifton Elementary right now.

She fights back tears talking about the decision to close the school -- a decision many people in the town still regard with suspicion, arguing that the school board voted based on faulty information about the building and enrollment projections.

"Your children are upset, and they don't understand why they can't go to school with their best friend of three years who lives a quarter of a mile away," Tengesdal says. "It's hard."

Tengesdal also owns a popular lunch spot in town. She says she's worried about business once Clifton Elementary is closed for good, but for now hasn't made any plans to scale back on staff or hours at the cafe.

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