Saturday Night Genealogy Fun-Back to School Memories

Unfortunately, I don’t get to see the challenge until Sunday morning due to the time difference. 🙂 My posts will usually be after Saturday, but they’re so much fun to take part in!

Here is the link to SNGF mission:

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 

1) It’s almost time for the new school year to start in the Northern hemisphere, and for most children that meant a new grade, a new teacher, and perhaps new friends.

2)  Tell us about some of your elementary school memories when you were a child.  What are your memories of starting school in a new year?  Who were your teachers?  How did you get to school?  Who were your best friends?  What subjects did you like best?  What extra-curricular activities did you participate in?  Make up your own questions if you’d like!

3)  Share your memories in your own blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.


My school memories:

I attended an older brick 3-story schoolhouse for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades (1976-1978). I remember celebrating America’s bicentennial in ’76, though I was only 5 years old. At that school, they had lunch brought in every day (no cafeteria on the premises), so you had to walk down a set of steps to where the hot tables were set up, pick up your lunch, and go back up the stairs to wherever your classroom was. My classroom was at the top of the stairs, just to the right, so you’d think nothing awful could happen. Wrong! Of course, the floors were wooden in the classrooms, and the day they served us peas, I tripped over a floorboard and peas scattered everywhere! If the building was still standing, I’m sure there’d be a pea lurking somewhere in that room. That happened in 2nd grade. A new school was built, and I attended there from 3rd through 6th grades. What I remember most about those days was winning the spelling bee in 5th and 6th grades and loving to write. Once on the playground, even though I wasn’t playing, a kickball hit me square in the face and caused a nosebleed. My best friends then were Milli Lodge and Kim Loveless. Also, they built this new school directly across the street from where I lived. I always walked to school, even to the old brick school, which was a few blocks away (safer times, I guess). I do remember my 1st grade teacher getting on me about “organization”!

Seventh grade was in another old brick building, and we were the only kids in it. There was only one 7th grade so all the town’s elementary kids were thrown together for the first time. I didn’t do very well in science the first semester, so my mother made me stay after school most days the 2nd semester and I wound up earning all A’s. Kim Loveless was emerging as my best best friend by this time.

Eighth and ninth grades were in a separate building, next to the high school which housed 10-12 grades, connected by a breezeway. The junior high, as it was called, was much more modern than the 7th grade building. This building had an indoor pool, which was part of the PE curriculum. I loved to swim and feel comfortable in the water. I joined marching band in 9th grade, playing clarinet. Huge adjustment; it was like having an actual job with no pay. Excellent introduction to the real world!

High school went by in a blur. I was still in marching band, worked on the school newspaper, and was editor of the yearbook my senior year. Had a real job by this time, waiting tables at a nearby family restaurant. Was closer to my boyfriend than my best friend Kim. Hindsight: I should’ve stayed closer friends with Kim and spent less time with the boyfriend.

Then, it was off to college! Where I had not a clue of what I wanted to do.

I’d like to mention here that all through primary and secondary schooling, I truly hated history. I did. It was dry and boring and I just couldn’t relate to it. I found out at the Midwestern Roots 2014 conference that something they are doing for Indiana’s upcoming bicentennial is creating a textbook for high school aged students in Indiana about Hoosier history. I have got to get my hands on one of those! Mr. James H. Madison was one of the authors/collaborators on it so my guess is it’ll be a good read. This is big news for Indiana because the only grade that the kids study Indiana history is in 4th grade. Hopefully, this will motivate some kids into Indiana history careers. I truly wish that when I was in high school we would’ve had this text.


2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun-Back to School Memories

  1. Dana says:

    Thanks for the reminder about the bicentennial! I was in kindergarten and our school had a parade. We all dressed up as colonials & my mom made dresses for my sister & me. We were two years apart & we both have daughters that are about the same age gap. When they could fit into the dresses, we had a little photo shoot with them! I’ll have to find the photos of my sister & I in that parade.

    I didn’t like history until I my daughter was really little and we started reading biographies. Learning about individuals is a great way to get excited about history! Now, I LOVE history! But, my teachers really made it boring & a chore… at least for me.

    • I think the bicentennial year was my kindergarten year too! 1976-77. I don’t have true memories of that time; I just remember it being a THING. lol!

      One of my history teachers was also the JV football coach, if that tells you anything. Just thinking about his class now puts me to sleep!! Now, as a grownup, I do have a better appreciation for history. When history is made relate-able to you in some fashion, it truly does come alive. 🙂

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