For Eurongilly mother Elissa Drew, the local school has always been a home away from home.
Now Eurongilly Public School is turning 100 and her children who like several other families are the fourth generation to attend, will be there to celebrate.
As “the heart of the district”, Ms Drew said students create a bond with each other to last a lifetime.
“It’s really important to us – that bond and connection with the land and the locals,” she said.
“These kids will grow up and be there for each other like the rest of my generation was.”
The 100th anniversary will be celebrated at the school on March 24 from 2pm, with cake cutting, an opening, interviews with past students, a tour, a dinner and entertainment.
Ms Drew said she was proud to see the school going strong, considering the recent closures of other small Riverina schools.
“The families in it are supportive and protective of their community,” she said.
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