It was a small rule area with a one-room school, which supported all eight grades.
Most would never have understood how such a school could possible work.
The greatest part of going to this school was to see your friends.
There were children from all walks of life, but each one was unique and all were friends.
One on one friendships might last for the day or even a week, depending on the games being played. All students remained friends and interaction was so close, personal relationships changed from week to week. With attendance small, by the end of the year all were very close.
It was a given understanding that the older ones looked after the younger ones. In turn, the younger ones respected the older children, looking at them as an example.
The greatest friend we all had in common was our teacher.
Not only did she make our subjects interesting by using interaction among the grades; she was our friend. As the authority, we had great respect for her but she was so much more to us.
Each morning she could drive to school. From her house going either east or west she could reach the schoolhouse. Knowing that many of the children walked, she would drive one way mornings, and go home the opposite direction in the evening. This allowed everyone a ride at least one way.
Many times during recess, we would be in a baseball game with the entire school playing. Teams were chosen, and a captains assigned, one side against the other. Teacher would alternate sides, one week playing on the side with one team and the next week she played on the other.
If we were close to the end of the day and had not finished the game by last break, we would beg her to let us stay outside and finish.
She would smile and agree to let us finish, only if we were all in agreement to miss the first break the next morning and work very hard to finish our lessons.
Being a great patriot of our country, she taught us to respect our Flag, the President, and the Constitution.
We began each day reading the Bible and a prayer.
Many of the principles she gave us laid a foundation upon which we could raise a family.
Living an example before us, she gave us a foundation of truth, because to the best of her ability she always kept her promises. Judgement was never made until she heard all of the arguments, and saw all evidences offered.
As the only adult, she wore many hats. Some included first aid nurse, mending torn pants or buttons,and theater. Each year we had a program presented ot our parents that included a play or two, some songs and even poetry. She required everything we preformed to be memorized and well practiced. Sometimes it was just a listening ear or council about a problem we could share with no other, so much therapy was required.
Many years after her students were grown, she would often let them know she still thought of them. Writing a note of encouragement, she would uplift them by telling them about a positive personality trait that reminded her of that student. She would share a memory that even the student had forgotten. Doing this made each one know she really knew them and loved them.
The first to comfort you in a time of need. Also first, to discipline you when you did wrong.
We knew our teacher loved God and depended on Him to give her the ability to be the great teacher she was. Her friend was Jesus and Her favorite Bible verse was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all of these things will be added unto you.”
Truer friendship could not be defined.
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