Monday, April 29, 2002

Time capsule items unveiled at school



By Cindy Kranz, ckranz@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MADISON PLACE — On Sunday, supporters of Cure of Ars School opened a time capsule placed in a cornerstone 50 years ago.

        But come June 6, they'll be closing the school after years of declining enrollment.

        Among items the Rev. Paul Edrich, pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Madison Place, pulled from the time capsule: an Aug. 17, 1952, Cincinnati Enquirer, an Aug. 16, 1952 Cincinnati Post, assorted photographs and a collection of 1952 coins.

        Cure of Ars School turns 50 on Aug. 17, but students will attend school at St. Margaret of Cortona in Madisonville this fall. The two elementary schools are merging.

        “When I got the letter that they were finally going to close it, I was crying,” said Rosanne Elkins, who graduated from eighth grade in 1977. “It's such a part of the neighborhood. Apparently, it's going to stay a school. I'm really glad of that. A school is an anchor in the neighborhood.”

        Queen of Angels Montessori, now located at Newtown, will lease the building.

        Ms. Elkins, of Madison Place, fondly remembers the little things — the ringing of the school bell and the smell of the school — but most of all, she remembers the camaraderie.

        “Everybody lived in the neighborhood,” she said. “You knew everybody.”

        Betty Vorwerck Gels of Westwood, was a member of the first fourth grade class. On Sunday, she carried a picture of herself and two siblings by the cornerstone in 1952, the year the school opened.

        Mrs. Gels graduated from Cure of Ars in 1956 and returned to student teach there in the early 1960s — in the same fourth grade classroom where she started.

        Principal Mary Lou Bay-Smith told the crowd it's the beginning of a new 50 years.

        “Change is good. Change is what you make it. None of us is ready to let go and forget Cure, nor should we,” she said.

        Angie Dadosky of Madison Place graduated from Cure in 1974. Three of her children will attend the new school next year.

        “My hope is the best of both schools will come together to make a really great school, but it is really hard letting go,” she said.

        A new time capsule will be placed in the cornerstone of the consolidated school sometime after May 19.

       



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