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Enota school to host walk-through April 30 before demolition

Enota school walk-through

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 30

Where: Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, 1340 Enota Ave. NE, Gainesville

For more information: 770-532-7711

Enota school alumni and area residents are invited to drop in, walk the halls and remember the history of the Enota school building during an event from 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 30.

The community event comes before the demolition of the 64-year-old school building after the current school year ends to make way for a new $17 million Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, which is scheduled to open in August 2018. Enota students will share a campus with Centennial Arts Academy during the 2017-18 school year.

Wesley Roach, principal at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, said a similar walk-through was done before the old Fair Street School was replaced a few years ago.

“A lot of people have sentimental attachments to the school where they attended or their daddy attended or their granddaddy attended,” Roach said. “So, this is just opening the doors to a community that loves the school and giving them an opportunity should they desire to do so to come in.

“I guess in some communities, where it’s not as tight-knit, maybe it wouldn’t be as big a deal, but here in Gainesville, it’s a small district, so there are attachments that people have to the school,” he added. “To honor the building and the heritage of those who have been here in the past, we’re going to have a celebration and invite them to come by and reminisce.”

Sammy Smith, a member of the Gainesville school board who attended Enota for grades 1-6 and finished in 1964, said the school is important in Gainesville’s history.

“Enota opened in 1954 with grades 1-8, and it was an upstart northside school, a fairly good distance from the next nearest school on Candler Street,” Smith said. “But the city was growing northward, so when plans were announced to build Enota at that location, hundreds of houses were built in that neighborhood. The school spurred residential development for miles around it.”

Smith said event planners have used the recent Gainesville High School 125th anniversary by taking GHS class rolls and inviting former Enota students on those rolls to the April 30 event.

“It’s a final walk-through of the original building, which is the L-shaped red-brick building with the iconic columns and massive wooden doors,” Smith said. “Enota is a comfortable, memorable place.”

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