Some former students of the old Highland Elementary School in Meridian gathered Monday to remember part of their past.
In the center of what used to be the school's circular driveway, several former students shared their memories under the shade of a large, old magnolia tree.
It's slated to be cut down soon, to make way for a new building that will house the living word ministry.
"We recognize that we are actually taking a landmark away from the community. But it's in an effort to bring another landmark to the community," said the Rev. Rick Spells. "This landmark is a symbol of the children of yesterday and what we are about to build is a symbol of the children of this day and of the future."
Although saddened by the loss, several former students said they are comforted by the fact that a church will be built on the site and carry on the tradition of education, in Sunday school.