Week #44 – Elementary School
Week 44. Elementary School. Describe your grammar/elementary school (or schools). Were they big or small? Are any of these schools still in existence today? If so, how have they changed since you went there?
Mankato, Kansas is where I started my educational journey, attending Kindergarten and First Grade there. We lived about 1/2 a mile from the school. The building in the mid 50’s was an old 2 story brick building, housing Kindgarten – 8th grade. I think 4th – 8th grades were on the second floor. There was one class of students per grade, about 20-24 students per grade. One of the exciting parts of the building was the tube slide from the second story to the ground, which those on the second floor got to use for a fire escape. I completed First Grade here. Although my brother and sister are both graduates of Mankato High School. A few years after we moved away, the school building was torn down, and the National Guard Armory was built in its place.
Starting with second grade I attended school in Burr Oak, Kansas. I rode the school bus to town each day. They did not have a Kindergarten at this time, the building held grades 1- 6. Again only 1 class per grade, in Burr Oak, the classes would range from about 15-22. The building was a large 2 story limestone building, setting in the middle of the block. Grades 1- 3 were on the first floor, and 4-6 were on the second floor. Bathrooms were in the basement of the building. (We were not worried about handicapped accessibility yet.) The lunch room was a wood frame building that was at the southwest corner of the block. This is where I attended here through my 6th grade year.
Today this building houses the Historical Museum, and Library for the town of Burr Oak.
I have to consider my 7th & 8th grades as part of my elementary schooling. We then moved to the new building in town, it housed the 7th & 8th grades, self-contained class rooms, and Burr Oak High School.
After I left Burr Oak, they added on to the High School building to include class rooms for the elementary grades. But due to declining population, in the town and county, the school consolidated, and became White Rock, and today they made another consolidation to join Mankato, as a part of the Rock Hill District.
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