Ringing the bell in Woodbury

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Ringing the bell in Woodbury

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Region 14 Superintendent of Schools Joseph Olzacki admires the restored bell outside Mitchell Elementary School in Woodbury, which will soon ring in a new school year.


Restored bell at Mitchell School will ring in the first day of classes

Mitchell Elementary School in Woodbury will ring in the first day of school Tuesday quite literally.

The school’s old bell that last rang more than 70 years ago has been restored and is now suspended on a platform in front of the school.

The large bell rang out each morning at Mitchell from 1898, when the original school was first built, until 1948, when that school was torn down in favor of the current building. Since then, the 400-pound bell with its 28-inch diameter sat silently encased in a glass box in the school’s gym foyer.

Region 14 Superintendent Joseph Olzacki saw the bell on his first visit to the school two years ago and has been working to bring it back to life ever since.

Mitchell Principal Andrew Komar said the old bell has maintained its ring with a “beautiful tone.” He said a parent who specializes in welding and other metal work offered to clean up the bell and return it to its original working condition, and it will be soon put to good use.

“Each day, we will select students to ring in the school day and ring out the school day,” Komar said.