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Published September 15, 2010, 11:03 AM

Former students share their experiences before building is torn down

Lake Park, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The old saying is: "Out with the old and in with the new." For Lake Park-Audubon students, the "old" came back for a little history lesson on the Elementary school. Its part of a "Preserve History" program the district is doing before the 1922 Elementary building is torn down.

12-former students came back to share their experiences and for students inside it was a history lesson and a break from the normal school day. Until February, graduates of LPA from all generations will speak to classes one day a month. It is part of the school’s "preserving history" project.

Benjamin Jaster: "It’s pretty cool that we get to meet all the people of past generations come to school because the 1922 school house isn't going to be here next year."

This old school house has served thousands of students since 1922 and is still part of the Elementary today. Before it’s scheduled to be torn down next June teachers wanted to put together a history and have the kids interview former students.

Ethan Schermer: "Its different, one room school house is pretty cool.”

Benjamin Jaster: "It’s sort of hard to believe computers were that huge then."

So what seems like old relics to us, was everyday tools for many of these alumni. For the students who now sit in these desks, after the year is over they plan to publish a book of everything they have learned.

Ethan Schermer: "its good, its fun."

As students here get to know some of the former faces of the school, they're getting ready to be the new faces at a new high school in 2012. Students also plan to paint a mural in town representing the school's history.