The Old Grade School

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© Andrea Petersen
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O God, thou hast taught me from my youth..and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works...Psalms 71:17

This was the little two room school where my sister and I went to grade school. Our father also attended grade school there as a young boy as did his sisters and brothers...It has been remodeled since then and It looks like someone is living there now as there never used to be an upstairs but otherwise it looks pretty much the same...When I was in the 5th grade a new school was built with a modern lunch room.. but it never compared in my opinion to the old school:)

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  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    looks like it was renovated to be a house. cool one, Andrea!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole said (10 Aug 2011):

    They've been closing up all of the country schools back home. My wife attended a similar looking school through 7th grade.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Aug 2011):

    Thank you for the comments...The kids now have to be bused to another town to go to grade school ...I also went by bus to another town to go high school as there never was a high school in the town I grew up. It is hard to believe but next month I am going to my 50th High School Class reunion! Wow! That makes me feel ancient!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    The satellite dish on the old school house makes for a cool pic indeed.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    It is funny to see the satelite dish and the power meter on this old wonderful place. If they could have envisioned that when they were building it they would have laughed. yeah right, electric lightbulbs. LOL. What a charming school. Pods were popular in my school days. The noise from the other classes made concentrating difficult. Luckily, most of my teachers were passionate about their subjects.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    I agree with everybody! The satellite dish is a real eye catcher. My parents both went to school in a place like this. My father would often tell how the mean old school marm would make kids take off their wet long underwear and hang it by the woodstove to dry. the

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    I'm wondering if that is a bell tower? Beautifull shot

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (11 Aug 2011):

    Thank you all for the comments...Yes, Carol that is a bell tower. Donald I also remember the old wood stove that this school was heated with....I so clearly remember an incident where the teacher put a bar of soap in a boys mouth for saying a swear word... How times have changed since then...the teacher in the other class room got angry once with two boys that were fighting during recess time and banged their heads together for punishment. So many memories. I only wish I had a camera back then! What you said about the long underwear reminds me of the times my mother made me wear them in grade school during the cold winter months at this old school and I hated them, because they were scratchy and pink color back then that showed under my dress. (This was before we were allowed to wear slacks and jeans.) After I got to the school I took the long johns off in the out house and then put them back on before I went home..LOL

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    Fascinating capture and story, Andrea. As I drive the nation's blue highways, I see small schools and churches that have been converted to residential dwellings or "mom and pop" stores. I have mixed feelings about that, but preservation of the structure is the highest priority, and if conversion of the school is a necessary ingredient of that process, then I can't complain. My mother attended a one-room school through 8th grade. She graduated from high school following the 11th grade (in 1939; Virginia did not have a 12th grade), and there were a total of 16 students in her graduating class.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    What a beautiful view of this remarkable school house. I'm glad it is inhabited, otherwise it might fall into a state of disrepair. A terrific pov view here and the narrative added the perfect finishing touch to a remarkable piece of history..!! Thanks for sharing..

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (11 Aug 2011):

    This is a fascinating capture and story of your old school house and what went on. I remember having to wear long lined pants to walk to school in the winter as we could not wear slacks or jeans either. Accepted punishment back then would be called child abuse now.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (12 Aug 2011):

    Love how you nearly filled the frame with this charming school. Oh.....the stories it could tell.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Aug 2011):

    Isn't it nice that it was renovated rather than destroyed!!! Excellent capture and story, Andrea!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (13 Aug 2011):

    The people that went to schools like this fought for us in the WW's. They invented most of the new modern inventions we use today. Say what u may- things were better then.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    I love this little white school house, wonderful memories I bet, wonderful capture, Andrea

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