Memorable Experiences Had Teaching In One-Room School

Schoolteacher recalls one of her most pleasurable experiences of her teaching career.

| Good Old Days

After thirty-one years of classroom teaching, then retiring from the profession, I recall my first and one of my most pleasurable experiences of fifty-two years ago. It was in a one-room rural school. It really seems as if it were only yesterday that it took place as I sit here reminiscing.

In October we studied about Columbus, and made stories and decorations as we read his history.

On November 11, we stopped everything for a few minutes of meditation and silent prayer, to remember the soldiers who gave their lives and fought during World War I. We had this memorial at 11 a.m. because that was the time the Armistice was signed. It was called Armistice Day, but is now called Veterans' Day. We made decorations for this day and for Thanksgiving Day later in the month.

In November we also had a box supper and school program with the participation of the children. Each lady who attended brought a decorated box to the supper. In this box she had some delicious food. After the program, the boxes were auctioned and the highest bidder of each box had the privilege of eating that food with the lady who owned the box. This was an exciting occasion for everyone concerned. Usually the gentleman did not know whose box he bid on, unless someone cheated. The proceeds from the boxes were used for Christmas treats of candy, nuts and fruit.

At these night programs we had no electric lights. Gasoline lanterns were brought by several people and these were hung from the ceiling.

One thing indelibly stamped on my mind during this December, 1941, was what happened on December 7, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and World War II began. The next morning, on Monday, I can still visualize the picture at school, with the students and me gathered around our "Warm Morning" heating stove. We were quite concerned about our soldier friends and relatives.

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