How I got these pictures was purely by accident. When I first knew Jean I asked her if she would tell me where the children's school was. She did not know me very well and didn't feel she should give me that information especially after what happened at Nickel's Mine. I didn't ask Jean again. I was just driving around recently and turned down a road I had never been on and there was the school house. I immediately took pictures. After I went to Jean's home, but she was not there. I left a message to have her call me. When she called I explained that I had pictures and asked if it would be all right to put the pictures on New York State of Mind. She said she would let me know. The next day she called and asked me to come to her house so the pictures could be seen.
When I arrived at her home she and her family were there plus her Bishop, deacons, and ministers. I thought they were having a meeting and said I would come back. That's when I discovered my pictures were the meeting. All of them viewed the many pictures I had and selected the ones they would prefer I would put on, which I have honored. They did not want farms and buildings that neighbor the school shown as they did not want others to know the location of the school. These pictures are what they approved and I honor their decision. They did appreciate me going out of the way to show them the pictures and have them approve them.
The top picture shows the school from the road. Second picture shows one of the two out houses that they have. I was told there is an indoor bathroom, but all the studenets can't use one bathroom at the same time, so there are outhouses. What I thought was unusual is that the outhouses and school are the same color and material.
Third picture shows the baseball field that they have at the school - and it is a large one. Next picture shows the swing set they also have in the yard. Last picture shows the school closer up. There are two places to enter and exit the school on the side. Also, if there should be a tornado or hurricane and the children have to go into the basement-there is a way in and out of the basement. Every child knows how to get in and out of all the locations. They all know how to lock and unlock all the locks.
In the construction of the new school, there were more windows put in so in case of a fire or emergency certain windows can be pushed out and a child can get out the windows. All around the school are farms where a student could go to if there was an emergency. So many of these have been put in since Nickel's Mine which now includes Connecticut and what happened in Webster. There is also a telephone inside to call in case of emergencies. I have not been inside the school. All this was told to me by the Bishop and Jean. Since our meeting I am waiting for permission to go inside some day when the children are not there.
What really surprised me about the school is that it is very small. My one bedroom apartment is bigger than their school. There is a large play area all around the school. Boys and girls play ball in the large field. There is also the swing set area for other activities.
One of my questions was where do parents park their buggies when they come. They are tied to the railing on the front and one side of the school. If there is a picnic, or other situation where many of the parents come-they also tie on the railing by the road that is shown in picture one. Another how was the school heated and was told that they have gas heat.
What I really liked is that on the top is a school bell that is hand rung by the teacher or one of the students. It was that bell that made me realized as I passed is that was the school. I immediately stopped the car, walked to the school and took the pictures.
Hope you enjoy the pictures. It is really a beautiful school with a large area for the children to play on. I thank the Bishop, deacons , ministers and of course, Jean, for allowing me to put these on New York State of Mind.
ON MONDAY, MARTHA, IS COMING TO TELL US ABOUT KEVIN AND BRIDGET'S WEDDING.