Tent Became Classroom

When lightning destroyed the rural schoolhouse, class was held in a tent until a new school was built.


| Good Old Days


One spring lightning struck our brick rural schoolhouse; tearing out one corner of the building and making it unsafe to continue classes in it.

So the school board decided to pitch a tent in the schoolyard to continue having school until a new native stone schoolhouse could be built.

We had our air conditioned classroom. We could roll up the sides of the tent each day for fresh air and to let the daylight in. And if the air was hot outside we had a hot classroom, if it was cold outside we would have a cold classroom.

Our tent was cloth-coated with something to make it weatherproof. All we had to do to make it leak during a rain was scratch a spot with our fingernails. Some of us not-so-perfect students scratched places over the teacher's desk and chair, he got a free shower when it rained. (Editor's Note: He was not referred to as a particularly devoted or pleasant teacher.)

I had a desk on the outside row of seats, and there was a ground squirrel hole close by my desk. Every day I watched the little squirrel do its thing. I watched it for long periods of time. It wasn't afraid of us kids. I had a lesson every day in nature and science, but didn't get a grade for it.

Now I tell my grandkids about when I went to school in a tent and they can't imagine such a thing.





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