WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Landon McDonald is now in high school in Rose Hill, he says he wouldn't be where he is now if it wasn't for what he learned when he attended Cleaveland Elementary from second to fifth grade.

"It was very, very sad to see it go actually," McDonald said. "It made me shed a couple tears to see this place leave this soon."

He said that he feels sorry for current students like 2nd grader Lukas Avalos, who won't be able to stay.

"This was where I went in first grade, and made a lot of memories," Avalos said.

Thursday, the school held an open house for the Cleveland family, past and present, to gather and share memories.

"Just kind of have one last night to celebrate and remember all the good times and reconnect with people that went here or past teachers, teachers that are here that older students that are coming by, we have a lot of families who have had lots of generations of students come through," said Cleaveland Principal Tracy Minette.

Wichita Public Schools is closing six schools because of a $42 million budget shortfall, shutting down the building it says will save money.

Lee Menninga worked as a 5th grade teacher at Cleveland for more than two decades. He says saying good bye is never easy.

"It's a family. It's just a family, everybody bands together and pulls together," Menninga said. "And it's just quite a family atmosphere."

The last day of school at Cleaveland will be next Thursday.