Fox Elementary students visit Clark Springs Elementary during the Strawberry Street Festival

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – For the first time in two years, the Strawberry Street Festival is back in Richmond. This year, the event takes on special significance as Fox students prepare to transition into Clark Springs Elementary School.

“There’s a lot of decorations and it was really colorful in there,” said Fox Elementary School student Zoey Manning.

The students come to Clark Springs for classes on Monday after spending the last few weeks learning at First Baptist Church along Monument Avenue. The church opened because Clark Springs required weeks of renovations to prepare.

“It was kind of fun, but it was kind of small,” Fox student Mira Forrest explained.

Fox students are already building a sense of community and school pride in their future home – with the return of the beloved Strawberry Street Festival.

“The neighborhood opened its arms, the community opened its heart,” said Richmond City Council member Stephanie Lynch.

The Fox Elementary School PTA is hosting the event and chose to move it to Clark Springs instead of its usual location on Hanover Avenue to keep the tradition alive and raise funds to help Fox students and teachers.

“Any kind of sense of a return to normal is huge and people want to be together,” said Richmond City Councilor Katherine Jordan.

Fox students are expected to continue learning at Clark Springs Elementary School in the upcoming school year.

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