Iron Ridge School, Spring Grove, PA



Iron Ridge School–Little School Animal Hospital

6398 York Rd.

Spring Grove, PA  17362

The former Iron Ridge schoolhouse at 6398 York Road in Heidelberg Twp., near Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, is now the Little School Animal Hospital, a veterinarian’s facility and small animal hospital where Dr. Shearer currently sees small animals including dogs, cats, and most pocket pets.


Locust Grove Little Red School House, Hanover, PA



Locust Grove Little Red School House

5705 Hanover Rd.

Hanover, PA

The Little Red Schoolhouse Restaurant is housed in what was, until 1947, the Locust Grove School, a one-room red-brick schoolhouse built in 1894 in the south-central Pennsylvania hamlet of Brushtown, near Gettysburg.  Sharon Kerchner bought the building in 1989 when it was a roadside deli and candy store and opened the Little Red Schoolhouse Restaurant. Unfortunately, a fire in 2018 forced the restaurant to close.


Blooming Grove School 360, Hanover, PA



Blooming Grove School

360 Blooming Grove Road

Hanover, PA 17331

Blooming Grove Grade School was located on Blooming Grove Road.  It is now the Hanover Little Theatre. In Hanover, at the time of organizing of the Recreation Association, one of the groups included persons interested in drama. Several short one-act plays were given at the V.A. building, but it soon became apparent that a separate organization would be more practical. And so the Hanover Players was incorporated. Membership required only an interest in theatre. In the spring of 1949, the first major production, THE LATE CHRISTOPHER BEAN was given at the Eichelberger High School auditorium. In 1954 the Hanover Community Players moved to the Hanover Junior High School. The stage presented a real challenge and scheduling became more difficult to meet the school’s requirement. In 1957 the Players moved again, this time to St. Joseph’s school. The stage was larger, but technical problems still remained.  In 1958 the Players performed at the Lyric Auditorium on the band platform with a specially built stage to increase the acting area.  It became increasingly apparent that a theatre of their own was essential. In 1957 the Players enlisted the support of the banks and businesses in Hanover and were able to buy the two-room schoolhouse on the Blooming Grove Road, which they have occupied since. A minimum of alterations added a box office, lobby, and rest rooms at one end, a stage at the other, and a parking lot in the rear of the property. The first production given at the Playhouse was THE POTTING SHED in 1959. The second production was THE TENDER TRAP which was the official Grand Opening.

John Rosemond: Numbers show no benefit from pre-K education

Numbers show no benefit from pre-K education
by John Rosemond (Aug. 28, 2018)

It has long been known, but only spoken of in hushed tones by university professors sitting in darkened rooms wearing Fat Elvis masks, that pre-kindergarten “jump-start” (aka, “push-down”) programs don’t work other than to increase teacher employment and give parents the false idea that their kids are on the fast track to certain success. The problem is that the programs in question are sacred cows — thus to say publicly what I just said is to bring down the indignation of those who tear up involuntarily at the word “child.” I am, therefore, bracing myself.

Many years ago, research psychologist David Elkind, author of “The Hurried Child” (and several other excellent works that ought to be required reading for parents and educators), pointed out that the gains pre-K programs produce are fleeting. Everything else being equal, by grade three children who received pre-K academic instruction are achieving no better than kids who did not. Furthermore, there is credible evidence to the effect that premature (prior to age 6) academic instruction increases the possibility of later learning problems and aversion to reading.

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Stevens School, York, PA



Stevens School

606 W. Philadelphia St.

York, Pennsylvania

The Stevens School is a historic school building located at York in York County, Pennsylvania, that was designed by architect John A. Dempwolf and built in 1889-1890. The school is a 2 1/2-story, red-orange brick building in the Romanesque Revival style in the form of a Latin cross and has a slate covered hipped roof. It features terra cotta ornamentation and was named for Congressman Thaddeus Stevens (1792 – 1868). The building was converted to apartments and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Wills School, York, PA



The Wills School

4671 East Prospect Road,

York, PA 17406

The Wills School was built in 1875. The last class to occupy the schoolhouse left in 1955. Since then, multiple groups have collaborated to restore and maintain the schoolhouse. The interior furnishings down to the pot-bellied stove and pictures of Washington and Lincoln are original. Inside are the original desks, chalkboard, various schoolbooks, and a visitor log. The Wills School is usually not open for tours on a regular basis. If you would like to visit and view the schoolhouse, please contact the Indian Steps Museum and Conservation Society of York County for more information.

Tips for homeschooled students who want to rebel

Tips for homeschooled students who want to rebel

by Israel Wayne

1. Unbutton your top button.

2. Watch a DVD that isn’t produced by Steve Demme or Andrew Pudewa.

3. Play your “Patch the Pirate” and Buddy Davis albums backwards.

4. Ride on a Greyhound at some point, so you can claim you “rode the bus,” like everyone else.

5. Talk to someone your own age.

6. Do schoolwork in regular clothes (to show that you aren’t like all the other homeschoolers who do school in their pajamas).

7. Do something besides reading a book.

8. Ride the zip-line at the Creation Museum so your friends who went to Six Flags will be jealous.

9. End every sentence by saying, “gnarley dude!” so people will know you are “with it.”

10. Walk ten feet in front of your mom and dad, and nine siblings, so no one at Walmart will know you are related (even though your clothes match all of theirs).

(And don’t let your parents see this post!) 😉