Facing Forward

East Jackson Middle School closes

  • Students wave to teachers as busses pull away from East Jackson Middle School for the final time. EJMS will be closing their doors after 37 years due to budget cuts. The students will be relocated to the high school or Robinson elementary.
  • Dominique Whitehead, center, watches a performance by The Flying Ace's proffesional frisbee disc team in the East Jackson Middle School gym on May 7.
  • Anthony Thurston looks over his classmates shoulder during a presentation about the Jackson Community College Legacy Scholarship at East Jackson Middle School.
  • Alex Husak, center, hugs his friend Jacob Miller after Miller sang part of the song Hillbilly Deluxe during the 8th grader's final lunch period at East Jackson Middle School.
  • Students squeeze in and out of Staci Hunt's room Tuesday searching for their pictures on magnets. Hunt photographed the students on the last day of school then printed them on magnets to give the students a keep sake of their last day at EJMS.
  • A sign showing the teachers love for their 8th graders hangs inside of Mrs. Snyder's class from at East Jackson Middle School.
  • James Sarata-Head shoots his laser gun while playing laser tag at Allskate in Jackson. The students at East Jackson Middle School took a field trip to the rink to skate and play games with their teachers on May 28.
  • Drew Urbaniak high fives students and teachers at Allskate in Jackson May 28. The students at East Jackson Middle School to a field trip to the rink to skate and play games with their teachers and friends.
  • Arts and Science teacher Staci Hunt photographed the students and printed the picture on magnets during the last day of school.
  • Teachers and staff at East Jackson Middle School put their hands in for a cheer after the last bus leaves Tuesday. EJMS will be closing their doors after 37 years due to budget cuts.

I spent the last month at East Jackson Middle School documenting the moments up to when the school finally closed their doors. Due to budget cuts EJMS has closed its doors and the students will be redistributed to Robinson Elementary and East Jackson High School.

Below is an audio slideshow I created revolving around the stories of Staci and Cory Hunt, current teachers and former students at EJMS.

The last days of East Jackson Middle School

Added at 11:39 pm on June 23, 2010, by . Filed under gallery, Jackson Citizen Patriot, News