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NORTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Friday is not only the last day of school for Shelby County Schools students and staff, it's also the end of an era for those at Klondike Elementary in North Memphis.

For 112 years the school has educated students and has been an important part of the city's north end.

Due to a state takeover and budget cuts students and staff walked the hallways for the final time.

As one chapter closes for the last fifth grade class to graduate from Klondike Elementary, the students reflected on their last moments as elementary school students.

"All the friends, leadership, and the good learning and all the friends that helped me," said Camaria Washington, student.

"It's exciting that I'm graduating, but it's kind of hard to take that it's gone away," added Allison Cohen, student.

"I feel sad because this is my last year I'll see this school again," said Danisha Marshall, student.

Klondike Elementary fell under state control after years of battling failing grades and falling enrollment.  Joyce Anderson, who has been principal at Klondike for the last decade, said this closure isn't without every effort by students and staff to increase progress and keep the doors open.

"It's been easier knowing it's closing, knowing that we did our best, long hours, weekends, we did our best," Principal Anderson said.

This school even worked closely with community partners like the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for the last 26 years, Anderson added.

"Watching some of these children grown up and now knowing they are our future and anytime you have an opportunity to play a small part in their development, I think it's a wonderful, wonderful thing," said Chip Washington, sheriff spokesman.

Even with all of the effort, to plant seeds of success, this will be a day students and staff will never forget.

"Bittersweet, bittersweet," Principal Anderson said. "It's been a tough 10 years, but it's been a good 10 years because we've had so many people working with us."

As the students grab their diplomas and prepare to walk into the next chapter of their lives, Principal Anderson said to the graduating class she has one final wish.

"They will take what they've learned and use it in their next setting and make us proud, make us proud," she said.

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