Farewell to Cosmos School 14 May 12

Former students, teachers and parents gathered Saturday in the Cosmos school gym where basketball games were played and homecoming queens crowned to reminisce about their years as the Cosmos Royals.

The former Cosmos K-12 school, which had its first graduating class in 1957 but has been functioning for the last 22 years solely as an elementary school as part of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District, is closing.

Starting this fall, all the ACGC elementary students will go to school in Atwater.

The move is a result of declining enrollment and a tight budget.

The West Central Tribune reports that to help make the transition, school and community members sponsored an open house Saturday for people to tour their alma mater, which is still a sunny, well-kept building.

With the theme, “Honoring the past … planning and educating for the future,” a program conducted in the gym was a mix of history, humor, sadness and encouragement.

The doors opened in 1955 when the elementary students moved in. Erickson and her classmates arrived in the new school in the fall of 1956 in their senior year and graduated in the spring of 1957.