DAYS of being "like a family" at the former Fairpoint School undoubtedly will be recalled Saturday, Sept. 20, during the second school reunion in that community.
Sandy Orr, a former third grade teacher at the school and one of the planners, said, "The thing I remember the most (about the school) is it was like a family. Everybody knew everybody.
"The parents knew the teachers and respected them, and the teachers respected the parents."
T-L Photo / MIKE PALMER
PREPARATIONS are underway for the Fairpoint School Reunion planned Saturday, Sept. 20. The reunion committee and the members’ previous associations with the former school includes, from left, Cheryl Elliott, Title I reading teacher; Sandy Orr, third grade teacher; Denny Dlesk, student; Denise Rinkes, second grade teacher; Darlene Taylor, second grade teacher; and Bev McIntyre, student.
STUDENTS lined up outside the Fairpoint School in 1906. Their teachers at that time were Everett Lore and Mr. Freter (first name unavailable).
Former students, teachers and others having anything to do with the school will have a chance to renew acquaintances at the reunion, planned at the Fairpoint Polish Club pavilion Sept. 20 from 1-5 p.m. The meal is planned for 1:30 p.m.
Those attending are asked to bring a large covered dish, table service for their family and non-alcoholic drinks.
Picnic tables will be available, but those attending might want to bring lawn chairs.
Monetary donations for the reunion aren't necessary; however, the committee will accept any donations to offset the cost of the event.
Anyone having old photos related to the school may take them to the reunion to help others recall the days in the two-story frame building.
The two-story building, which was a school from 1921-82, still exists, but it now has another use.
When the school closed because of a levy failure and the lack of money, it is estimated that there probably were nearly 70 students.
Classes for grades 1-8 were held at the school when it first opened, but this later was reduced to grades 1-6, and a cafeteria became part of the building.
Before 1921, the classes had been held in a school, which opened in 1906. It closed because it wasn't large enough.
In addition to Orr, the school reunion committee includes Dennis Dlesk, Bev McIntyre, Denise Rinkes, Cheryl Elliott and Darlene Taylor.
Anyone having questions is to call Orr, 740-695-3357, or Elliott, 740-695-1047.
Pokas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.