The community is invited to say goodbye to two longtime Vancouver school buildings and celebrate the kickoff of construction on one of the schools at several upcoming events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School closing activity

When: Saturday, May 18
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 4801 Idaho St., Vancouver, WA 98661

The closing event will include a school carnival and memorabilia viewing in the media center. There is no formal program.

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Groundbreaking for new Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

When: Friday, June 14
Time: 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 4801 Idaho St., Vancouver, WA 98661

This event celebrates the beginning of construction on the new Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary.

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Ogden Elementary School closing activity

When: Thursday, June 6
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 8100 NE 28th St., Vancouver, WA 98662

Photos and memorabilia will be on display in the media center. There is no formal program.

The new schools are funded through a bond measure that voters approved in 2017. Construction already is underway on Ogden and should be completed in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The new school is located on the same campus, to the northeast of the current building. King staff and students will occupy the old Ogden school during the 2019-20 school year as their building is demolished to make room for construction of the new King Elementary. The new school will be built on roughly the same site and is projected to open in fall 2020.