It seems like it's becoming a bittersweet ritual here in Huntington Beach. Students going back to the grade schools to wander abandoned buildings and overgrown fields to say goodbye.
Recently this paper did a story on students returning to Wardlow School just weeks before demolition began, to bid farewell. Other schools have also fallen by the wayside, and just last week I witnessed another event that saw students returning to the place where they grew up.
Lamb Elementary on Yorktown Avenue is slated to be razed in several months. Thanks to an active Facebook page and a motivated former student named Lisa Antonacci, a plan was made before the reunion party to meet at the old school grounds to locate a buried treasure. Literally.
It seems a time capsule was buried in the mid-1970s, and so former students set out to dig it up and see what is inside.
On a warm and sunny Saturday morning they began to arrive. Some were carrying old class pictures and signed yearbooks. Lamb Elementary was open from 1965 through 1979, and this was an all-year reunion.