This year Vandora Springs Elementary School celebrates her 56th Birthday. Vandora is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, elementary school in Wake County.
Still operating within the original structure (give or take a few renovations over many years), the spirit of days gone by presides amongst you as you walk the halls. From the original bells that hang in the hallways, having been silent for many years, to the stage with it's scratched and dented wood floor, everywhere you look you'll find and embrace the mark that MANY a student and teacher has left on our beloved Vandora.
Some would think us unlucky to find ourselves assigned to Vandora Springs Elementary, and I'm certain there are many, myself included, who weren't too happy when they received their school assignment in the mail. When there are two "new" schools within a mile of us, it stands to reason that a family unfamiliar with Vandora would feel slighted. But some things only get better with age, and Vandora proves each year that she's still the top dog here in Garner.
It's impossible not to feel the family atmosphere that Vandora exudes when you walk through the door. In many ways it's like stepping back in time to the days when I was in elementary school. Everyone knows you; they know your child; they are welcoming to all, and most importantly, they are KIND.
This year marks the 11th year our family has been at Vandora. Next year will be our last, and it will be the last year Vandora will exist as my and so many other families have known it. OH MY, HOW GREAT A BRAND NEW SHINY SCHOOL WILL BE, and I couldn't be more pleased for our teachers to have all of the bells and whistles in their classrooms that they so deserve. But for me ... I'm happy as a clam that my children will leave Vandora through the same doors they walked through on their first day of Kindergarten.
Old or new, Vandora Springs Elementary School is special. Welcome to those families that are new to our school, I know you too will feel just as I do about this place. And for those of you who are returning from previous years ... we are some lucky families, aren't we?
Carrie Bischof, PTA President