Winding down the rural dirt and gravel roads, on the trail to find old schoolhouses in southern Missouri, was like a treasure hunt. We would search for the next one on our list not knowing if it would still be standing or be a pile of ruins. There were a couple on our list that we never located – most likely due to their nonexistence after years and years of weather and perhaps vandals.
The one I’m sharing today was different from all the others due to the fact it is still in use. Its doors are still opened at least once a week and there is still teaching going on, but from a pulpit instead of at the blackboard. You see, the Oak Grove School is now a church.
One of the reasons I liked this one was due to the old playground equipment on the property. By today’s standards, I’m sure these would be deemed unsafe. However, I spent many years playing on equipment just like this (now, I’m really dating myself!) As a matter of fact, Lisa and I took a spin for old times sake. And let me tell you…it’s as much fun today – to hold on for dear life and get off walking like an old drunk – as it was a few short years ago in my own childhood!
Tomorrow we will wrap up this series of the School Days of Yesteryear with my absolute favorite one of all!
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