Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
When you entered the building at the front entrance, there was a big staircase leading up to the second floor. The wooden floors were polished. Each first grade room had a "cloak" room, where our coats, overshoes, and lunch boxes or sacks were stored. Sometimes by noon, the smell of bologna or some other lunch box contents would become pretty pungent. We didn't care - it all tasted good. Some years, there was cafeteria service in the basement of the high school, and, no matter what the weather, we all donned our coats, etc, and were herded there.
I especially remember the playground equipment with fondness. This was my first contact with anything but our rope and board swing at home in Penrose. All you can see here is the slide (metal bottom, but I loved it), and the merry-go-round. First and second grades had recess early, so the little kids would hurry to get on it before the older children got recess. (They pushed too fast, and it made me dizzy.) Sometimes the kids would get inside and make it go faster and faster. The swings and monkey bars are not visible in this picture. I loved the swings - we would swing high and then jump out, with the feeling like we were flying. The monkey bars, I avoided - because girls were required to wear dresses (with long brown stockings), when you hung by your knees, your underwear showed, and I knew that wasn't the proper thing (Mother's teachings.)
The middle building was called The Middle School, with fifth and sixth grades on the first floor and seventh and eighth grades (Junior High) on the second floor. (Another four years in this building.) This building seemed more modern than the old Eastside building. And the far building is a partial picture of the east side of the high school, creatively named Powell High School. I went through four years of high school - some painful memories and some good memories, and then returned to teach for another three years in what was now the Junior High School. My first year was spent teaching English (Language Arts) in what was Edith Harkins' English room when I was in high school. The floors (still wood) creaked - the book storage room for the entire school was next door to my room, and I sometimes wondered if the floor could support all of that weight. I taught three years in all in the old high school building, with the other two years being on the second floor, team teaching English, before I returned to Elementary School at Parkside. Before I left Powell Schools, I had taught in Parkside, Westside and Southside. There have been lots of changes since then! But the above picture certainly brings back memories! Thanks, Dave
Thursday, August 6, 2015
People could watch a narrated slide show about the building, and there was an amazing amount of scrap books, pamphlets, and books about the area and the Academy.
There is still a need for contributions to finish this wonderful old building. The things that have been done to it since it was moved to this place are wonderful, but there is much that needs to be done to finish the inside.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Now, we have a huge pile of evergreen boughs, but help has been offered in getting rid of those, too. We are so very grateful!