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Bell returns home

Friday, March 16, 2012

With the help of the Meridian-Forest Historical Society, Meridian Elementary School recently received the school's original bell. Standing next to the bell are (from left) Meridian-Forest Historical Society members Veda Bussing, Dave Bussing and Scott Tillman, Clay Community School maintenance workers Matt Morris and Dan Hardesty and Meridian Principal Karen Phillips. [Order this photo]
It was such a surprise when they saw it on the auction list.

Clay Community Schools Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger told The Brazil Times earlier this year, Meridian Elementary School Instructional Assistant Susie Howard noticed a bell from the old Meridian building was listed as up for auction.

The bell was placed in the original school building, which was constructed on the site of the current building in 1868.

However, for several years, no one knew what came of the bell.

Then, it showed up on an auction list.

Officials with the school corporation immediately sprung to action, contemplating ways to purchase the bell to place in the school.

Acting on his own, Reberger went ahead and found a way to purchase the bell with help from members of the Meridian-Forest Historical Society.

Approximately three months later, the bell was placed in the school. It currently sits in a stairwell where students can see it every day when they head to lunch.

"We've been working on it, when we could, for about 90 days," Reberger said.

Reberger and CCS maintenance personnel Matt Morris and Dan Hardesty said the bell needed extensive work.

"But it remains in good condition," Reberger added.

They said the bell alone weighs approximately 600 pounds.

Meridian Elementary Principal Karen Phillips told The Times they haven't used the bell yet, but plan on figuring a way to utilize it in addition to offering the chance for students to ring the bell.

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Pretty cool that it stayed around the area and was able to be picked up and brought back to its original home. I just wonder what they paid for it.

-- Posted by MS660 on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 5:37 AM

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