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Bonner Elementary Turns 50

Samantha Boring
Created: June 05, 2020 06:45 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - It is the end of a unique school year for many students in Minnesota and what better way to celebrate with a reverse parade. The staff was excited to see their students and everything else they could cheer for. 

"It's kind of exciting to wrap it up and  to be able to see the students again instead of its all been online. Luckily we have the technology these days to do it virtually. It will be something differently finally that we can say goodbye, wish them a happy summer, and hopefully next we will be starting off all together again," Emily Erickson, Counselor at Bonner, said. 

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Bonner Elementary School students celebrated the end of the school year Friday, but little do they know Bonner Elementary is celebrating its own milestone. 

"Our community has been around for a long time, and as the population grew they realized that they needed to have more room for the students and they built on Bonner Elementary in 1970," Zane McInroy, current Principal at Bonner. He has been at the school for four years. 

The school was originally named after longtime Stewartville Principal, LePearl Bonner. The school opened up 50 years ago with then Principal, Max Broadwater. "It was so exciting for me to see the students come the first day," Broadwater said. This was one of his favorite parts of the school year and he always made sure to have his schedule cleared, so he could greet students on the first day. 

From his first day in 1970 to his last in 2000, Broadwater thought it was time to let someone else come in. "I remember one little boy went home and said the girls all cried, but we didn't because sometimes he can be mean but I was pretty sad. I had a great deal of myself invested into that school and that job. It was really my lifetime work," Broadwater said.

He spent his years leading the Halloween parade, and spent time with his close friend LePearl Bonner. Broadwater and the school grew together. 

"I dearly loved the children, the parents, and my staff," Broadwater said. This is something that the staff at the school still carry and it was on full display Friday as the end of the year went through the doors, just a little different from years past. 


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