Grand Blanc's Perry Center marks historic occasion

Dozens of students, teachers and alumni witnessed a historic moment at Grand Blanc's Perry Center Thursday evening.

The school district unveiled a state historical marker for the City School/Perry Center building that recognizes the building as the site of the first consolidated school district in the state.

Elementary students worked for three years writing letters to the Michigan Historical Commission and raised $1,900 for the marker.

The commission granted permission for a marker in June and students say it's exciting to finally see it placed here.

Fourth grader Kendall Klochak said, â??I feel really great that there's something standing that we worked on and there's something standing that we can be proud of and relate to."

Spencer Atkinson, an eighth grader who was part of the first class to kick off the project, said, â??I thought it would be a lot quicker than it actually is, but it's here now, so that's great."

The Grand Blanc schoolhouse was originally built in 1867 on the site of the Perry Center. The building was destroyed in a fire in 1920 and rebuilt in 1922.