Center Township School, Mays, IN



Center Township School

929 E. South St.

Mays, Indiana

Center Township is one of twelve townships in Rush County, Indiana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 780 and it contained 316 housing units.  The township was organized in 1830.  The Center Township Grade and High School, Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home, and Jabez Reeves Farmstead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Center Township Grade and High School, also known as Mays Elementary School, is a historic school building near Rushville, Rush County, Indiana. It was built in 1929, and is a 2 1/2-story, brick building with Classical Revival and Prairie School style design elements. It has a flat topped hipped roof, overhanging eaves, and sparse stone and brick detailing.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.  In 2015, the Rush County School (RCS) Board voted to close Mays Elementary School.  Nansi Custer headed up the community’s effort to establish Mays Community Academy, a charter school.  Since 1929, the Center School located in Mays, Indiana, has been providing a highly-regarded level of education to Hoosier children from their earliest days in the classroom, and Mays Community Academy continues that tradition today.


Louden Schoolhouse, Louden, OH



Louden Schoolhouse

State Highway 73

Louden, OH

Louden is an unincorporated community in Bratton Township, Adams County, Ohio. Its elevation is 784 feet above sea level. Serpent Mound Historical Site is located just east within sight of Louden on State Route 73, formerly known as the Hillsboro-Portsmouth road. Louden Road runs south from State Route 73 within the hamlet.  Louden was begun around Lovett’s store in 1839. Never regularly laid out, its origin was when Edmund Lovett (born 1815) sold small parcels of land for residences and shops. The community was named after Loudoun County, Virginia, the native home of a large share of the early settlers. The post office Louden once had was called Lovett’s. This post office was established in 1844, and remained in operation until 1907.  Earlier in its history, the hamlet’s name was spelled Loudon.

The Page One-Room Schoolhouse Museum, West Union , OH



The Page One-Room Schoolhouse Museum

Page School Rd and Vaughn Ridge Rd.

West Union , Ohio 45693

In 2001, the Adams County Retired Teachers purchased Page School. Their goal was to renovate the school as a museum for the students and adults of Adams County. The school was opened in September of 2006 and in the spring of 2007, over 300 third grade students visited for lessons and games. The school is located north of West Union off SR 41 at the intersection of Page School Rd. and Vaughn Ridge Road. It is opened to the public on the last Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. to 4 p,m.


Booker T. Washington School, Rushville, IN



Booker T. Washington School

525 E. Seventh St.

Rushville, Indiana

Booker T. Washington School is a historic school building located at Rushville, Rush County, Indiana. It was built in 1905 to educate the  African  American  children  in  the  town, and is a two-story, “T”-plan, vernacular brick building with Romanesque Revival style design elements. It has a low-pitched hipped roof and features round and segmental arched openings. The building served as the focal point for the African-American community of Rushville.  It is currently being used as a neighborhood community center and is home of the local Head Start program.  The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.


Hamilton Township Schoolhouse No. 4, Muncie, IN



Hamilton Township Schoolhouse No. 4

State Road 67 northeast

Muncie, Indiana

Hamilton Township is one of twelve townships in Delaware County, Indiana. According to the 2010 census, its population was 7,206 and it contained 2,950 housing units.  Hamilton Township Schoolhouse No. 4, also known as the Brady House, is a historic school building located at Hamilton Township, Delaware County, Indiana. It was built in 1897, and is a 1 1/2-story, three bay, brick building with a gable roof. It rests on a raised stone foundation, has a square bell tower above the entrance, and two brick chimneys. The school was abandoned in 1899 and converted to a residence between 1917 and 1919.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

6 Tips to Invigorate Your Homeschool

6 Tips to Invigorate Your Homeschool
by Zan Tyler, Editor of the HomeSchool Channel (Monday, February 4, 2013)

How Can I Reenergize Our Homeschool?

“Mom, can I go to real school?” I remember my 8-year-old asking me that question like it was yesterday. I feared that our homeschooling journey might end that day. But God was faithful, and my son graduated happily from our homeschool ten years later.

During our twenty-one years of homeschooling, I could sometimes trace my children’s dissatisfaction or boredom to my own attitudes—at times I needed new vision, a change in focus, or a little more creativity. At other times, I simply needed to alter a child’s course by discerning his needs and strengths. The following pursuits brought energy, motivation, and life into our home year after year.

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Lone Star School, District 64, Bison, KS


Lone Star School-280

Lone Star School, District 64

West Ave. M

Bison, KS

Named in honor of the many buffalo that once roamed the surrounding prairie, Bison in rural Rush County, KS, got its start when the Missouri Pacific Railroad plowed through the area in 1886. However, the region had seen settlement for several years prior to the coming of the railroad. The first “school” was held in a farm home in 1877. George Ficken Jr. donated land one and one-half miles west of where Bison would later be established for a German Methodist Episcopal Church and school. Construction began in 1878 with hand-hewn native stone donated by members of the church, and in 1879, the Lone Star German Methodist Episcopal Church and schoolhouse was finished.  With help from the community, contractor Henry Mertz and carpenter Henry Rogers built the dual-purpose building for school activities during the week and church services on Sundays. Typical of early one-room schoolhouses, this limestone building features a simple rectangular form with a gable roof with little architectural ornamentation. A wood-frame vestibule was added to the front of the building in the early 20th century. Early schoolhouses like this are often classified as vernacular in style.

The property, which includes a coal shed and outhouse, was nominated for its associations with early public education in Kansas and for its architectural significance as a good example of an early vernacular one-room schoolhouse. It was nominated as part of the “Historic Public Schools of Kansas” Multiple Property Submission to the National Register of Historic Places.  The town officially began when the railroad arrived and the name “Buffalo” was first chosen. However, when they found the name was already in use, it was called Bison and the first homestead was built in the town in 1886.  In the spring of 1888, the Missouri-Pacific Railroad Townsite Company surveyed and platted the town and post office was opened on May 7th and a general store, just a few months later in July. The first gas well drilled in Rush County was at the north edge of Bison in 1903, marking the beginning of oil and gas development in Rush County. By 1910, the town’s population had grown to about 375.  The following year, the town was officially incorporated.

Lone Star was used as a church and school until 1890, when the congregation of the original Lone Star German Methodist Episcopal Church west of the city built a new church a mile north of the site. The old building was then sold to the school district 34 (later 64) and classes were held there as grades one through eight attended school here until 1947 when area school districts consolidated and the district merged with Bison where in 1937, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) had built a new grade school of native stone blocks as well as hand-dug municipal water well which measured eighteen feet in diameter and sixty-nine feet deep.  At that time Lone Star began to be used as a clubhouse by the Sunshine Extension Homemakers Unit of Bison. Former students and members of the Bison community have donated time and money to help with maintenance and repairs. The interior features several pieces of original furnishings and original gas light fixtures. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 22, 2009.


Liberty Township Schoolhouse No. 2, Waldron, IN



Liberty Township Schoolhouse No. 2

State Road 244 and County Road 600E

Waldron, Indiana

Liberty Township Schoolhouse No. 2 is a historic one-room school building located in Liberty Township, Shelby County, Indiana. It was built in 1875, and is a one-story, rectangular, Italianate style brick building. It has a steep gable-front roof and features heavy scroll brackets, a scalloped frieze, and oculus vent. Also on the property is a contributing water pump. It remained in use as a school until about 1919.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Coloma Schoolhouse, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, CA



Coloma Schoolhouse

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

310 Back St.

Coloma, CA 95613

Visiting the Coloma Schoolhouse at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (MGDSHP) is like stepping back in time. It has been meticulously restored to depict the classroom as it appeared in 1925.  The School Superintendents Report of 1855 shows three schools in the Coloma area—one each in Coloma, Uniontown (now Lotus) and Cold Springs—with a total attendance of 54 pupils. It’s believed the original school was directly behind the county courthouse when Coloma was the county seat. In 1858, the county seat moved to Placerville and the vacant courthouse was turned into the schoolhouse. By 1887, the three smaller schools had been consolidated into a central school in Coloma with 234 students enrolled.  The population of Coloma was ethnically diverse, due to the influx of people from all over the world during the Gold Rush. Initially, children from Coloma’s African American population attended school at the African Methodist Episcopal Church; however, “Common School Reports” indicate that African American children attended the traditionally white school as early as 1875—five years before a state statute ended segregation in public schools.

The courthouse building served as the school from 1858 until the afternoon of Friday, September 2, 1919, when it was destroyed by fire. Classes resumed on Monday morning at the nearby I.O.O.F. Hall and continued there until a new schoolhouse was erected.  Lumber being at a premium, the citizens of Coloma searched for an alternative to building a new school. They located an abandoned schoolhouse, built in 1890, in Slatingdale (now Kelsey), and purchased it for $200. It was disassembled, and the parts were labeled and shipped the nine miles to Coloma by horse-drawn wagon. The building was reassembled on the site of the previous school, and on January 27, 1920—four months after the fire—classes resumed in the new schoolhouse.  When the Gold Trail Union School District was formed in 1957, the schoolhouse closed.

For many years, it served as the Little Red Schoolhouse Antique Shop. In 1978, the building was purchased by MGDSHP and a new foundation and roof were added. A full-scale restoration, utilizing first-hand accounts from local residents and former students, was completed on October 2, 1987, at a cost of $60,000.  On October 10, 1987, an uninsured logging truck carrying 72,000 pounds of logs lost control on the turn in front of the school and overturned. The logs smashed into the southwest corner of the building and skidded across the hardwood floor, leaving scratches that can still be seen.   The Coloma Schoolhouse Restoration Committee—a coalition of private citizens and 15 community organizations—worked with the Gold Discovery Park Association (GDPA) to raise $44,000 needed for repairs. The restored building was dedicated on September 9, 1995, and now serves as a museum.


Could homeschooling grow by the millions this year?

Could Homeschooling Really Grow by 500 Percent?
Michael Donnelly, Home School Legal Defense Association (May 21, 2020)

Could Homeschooling Really Grow by 500 Percent?

There are about 2.5 million homeschooling children in the United States today. But what if there were 8 million more kids homeschooling in the fall?

There is reason to believe this could happen.

An EdChoice public opinion poll suggests that more than half of parents with school-age kids have a more favorable view of homeschooling after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Reason Foundation Facebook poll conducted by Corey DeAngelis suggests that about 15 percent of all children could be making the switch to homeschooling in the fall. And a May 14, 2020, Real Clear Opinion poll of over 2,000 registered voters found that as many as 41% of parents are more likely to homeschool this fall.

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