It’s that time of the year-school time. We’ve gone to meet-the-teacher night and bought all the supplies. Nothing is left to do but show up.
The girls are the 3rd generation of our family to attend their elementary school. It begin with Pap (on the left side he is the first boy in the second row). The old school was built in 1928. When Pap attended in the 40’s the school had no electricity-but did have a generator to pump water into the restrooms. There was a hand dug well with a bucket to draw up water as well.
Pap shared some interesting things about his school days with me.
- They always got out in early May so they could help their parents plant the fields.
- When Pap first started school-the desks still had a place to hold your bottle of ink.
- The school did not serve breakfast.
- Lunch cost 10 cents and included 3 vegetables, a meat, and bread.
- Pap worked in the cafeteria to pay for his lunch.
- All you needed for school was a pencil and paper.
- Pap had an 8th grade teacher, Mr. Garrison, who let them do all their work on the chalk board. No writing everything down, no homework-just prove you understood by doing a problem on the board. Pap said he learned more from Mr. Garrison than all the other teachers he had put together.
Steve, Paul, and I all went to school in the same old building Pap did. When we attended the school:
- You had to go outside to use the restroom-they were just off the side of the porches-one on each side of the the back of the building.
- I worked in the cafeteria-not to pay for lunch-but just to help out the ladies.
- Sometimes I got to help in the office-I thought I was really big then.
- The only supplies I remember needing were paper and pencils for school. Maybe a notebook in the older grades-but I don’t think so.
- We had recess-even in middle school. We had 10 minutes each morning, about 30 minutes after lunch, and 45 minutes in the afternoon. When I went on to high school I wasn’t behind in any of my classes, seems recess was good for us.
- Teachers rarely gave homework.
- Like Pap, my 8th grade teacher, Mr. Moffitt, was my favorite teacher. He was also the Principal of the school.
I loved that school. There was just something about the old wood floors and the high ceilings that called out to me. I still dream about the school-sadly it burnt to the ground about 15 or 16 years ago. It was in the summer and no one ever found out exactly what happened, although as usual there was much speculation surrounding the fire.
Down the road a little ways, the county built a new school for our community to use. Of course it’s a nicer, more modern building but I still wish Chatter and Chitter could have gone to school in the old building like I did.
One thing that has changed since mine and Pap’s school days-the list of supplies that’s required for school. The girls needed: 5 notebooks, 3 folders, 1 binder, notebook paper, pencils, red pens, black or blue pens, scissors, glue, book-covers, a jump drive, colored pencils and a clean pair of shoes for gym.
How does that list compare to what your school required this year? And are you ready?