The "older section" of the school
A hallway in the old section...the door to the left was my Mother's room.
All in all, I enjoyed my years at Kemp. It was truly a "neighborhood" school in every sense of the word. We all walked to school, and most of us walked home again at lunch time. Returned to school an hour later and then, walked home at 3pm.
There was a tiny lunch room for those who packed and stayed. I thought that so wonderful and was thrilled when my mother had lunch room duty so I could stay with her. How else to use my pink Barbie lunch box?
My mother taught 3rd grade at Kemp from the time I was in 3rd grade until I left after 8th grade graduation. I have no sour memories of sharing the school with her. I knew that Mom would not rush to help me if I did anything wrong, but then, I *was* a Pollyanna (Yes dear Dawn! There is THAT reference again!) in school! I was a good student and loved my teachers.Pollyanna...that is Haley Mills, not me. Um...
I was not *the* smartest or brightest but I did well. I loved school.
I loved all my teachers but yes, there were some that were definitely "old school" in the building. I was lucky enough NOT to have them for class. Whew. Considering that I attended this school from 1961-1970, when I say *OLD school*, I MEAN *OLD school*!
The principal walked the halls and instilled fear in our hearts. Even in those of us who were painfully good. But, for every scary principal and hard driving gym teacher (and being forced to take showers in a very musty smelling, basement locker room), there was a sweet and caring art teacher or custodian (I will never forget you Harry!). All the teachers I was privileged to haveYup, THE musty smelling showers...
while there were special. I know I was lucky and I will forever be grateful.
Now, to make you even more ill, I have to tell you I was also a cheerleader. Could you gag now? I cheered in the 7th and 8th grade for the basketball team. BOYS basketball. Don't even ask if there was a girl's team!I remember the Christmas parties & the Halloween parties where we dressed up in costume and paraded through the classrooms of the older children. The Valentine's Day parties and those artfully designed shoe boxes. End of the year Field Day activities and the yearly carnival. Throwing ping pong balls to win a goldfish.