Former Students Save One-Room School

Published: Oct. 3, 2017 at 9:59 AM CDT
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A group of former school students are celebrating the fact that they have refurbished their childhood school. The school is District 32 just south of Table Rock. Many people will know the building as the "rock school" because it is made out of limestone from a quarry nearby.

George Tomek played a large role in getting this project completed. He also happened to attend this school as an elementary student. "Normal classes were very small, we had maybe one or two kids in a grade, and I think when I was in school, there were about 7 or 8 kids in school total," George said. George's brother Milan says he also attended the school as a kid. He says he was always happy when his mom put a cold meat sandwich in his lunch pail. He said discipline was strict, and the education he received was very good.

Milan also told us that getting to school in bad weather was interesting. "One of the neighbors' children went here and when the weather was bad, deep snow or mud... He had a model A coupe, and in bad weather students rode that model A to school," Milan said.

George and Milan are a part of a group called the "Rock School Foundation." George says this school closed in 1956, and to be able to open it again in 2017 is a big deal. For more information, check out this story.