Heart of the Lakes Elementary School's building has been a part of the Perham community for 30 years now. On Tuesday, May 11, current and previous members of the Perham-Dent School Board visited Heart of the Lakes for a tour of the building and celebrations.
According to Heart of the Lakes Principal Liz Johnson and Administrative Assistant Jessie Warner, the school is also including the kids in the celebration with a chalk extravaganza where they get to go outside and do chalk art.
The school's parent group—Heart of the Lakes HIVE—and the United Community Bank sponsored the Ice Cream Truck of Detroit Lakes. All kids, visitors and staff were able to have ice cream treats.
Warner said they also had some fun miscellaneous activities coming in, such as inflatable unicorns.
According to Rex Kingsbury, the previous principal of the elementary school when the current building was built, the school transferred from an old and overcrowded building to what they have now.
"We were in closets. We were in old rooms that were meant to be just for storage. We had 35 kids in a room meant for around 19," Kingsbury said. "(This building) was a positive change for education in Perham."
Kingsbury believes the Heart of the Lakes building has had a positive impact on the community. According to him, the public saw how great it was, and this carried over into the middle school and then the new high school. He stated that these facilities are important and make a huge difference in education.
"We do it for the kids," said Director of the School Board, Arnie Thompson. "They're the future—the kids."