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Book to Celebrate Branson School History

By: Sally Kaucher
Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012

The 100th anniversary of Branson also marks 100 years of Branson schools, and some elementary students are marking the anniversary with a written history project.  Two classes of 2nd and 4th graders at Branson Elementary West are researching the story of the school district, starting with the elementary schools.  They’re interviewing former students and teachers, and writing their impressions for a book to be published in the spring.  Teachers Sara Pardeck, Vicki Pock and Rachel McGowan have taken their students to visit the buildings that have housed elementary school students over the years.   Pardeck says the young authors are enjoying the project…

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Pardeck says the project will fill a void, with little information currently available about the history of Branson schools.  Grants from the Branson Education Foundation and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association will help with publishing expenses.  Pardeck says copies of the book will be donated to local libraries and the Historical Society, and will be available at the Branson Centennial Museum.  The project also has a website with links to a blog and a Facebook page, and a way to share Branson school stories.  Click on the link with this story at HometownDailyNews.com.

https://sites.google.com/a/branson.k12.mo.us/bransonschoolshistory/

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Two classes of 2nd and 4th graders at Branson Elementary West are observing the 100th anniversary of Branson elementary schools by researching and writing a book to be published this spring.  Teachers Sara Pardeck, Vicki Pock and Rachel McGowan say their students are excited about becoming published authors, and are enjoying the research, including visits to the buildings where elementary students have attended classes over the years.  Pardeck says eventually, they’d like to expand the project beyond the history of the elementary grades…

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The students have also visited the Mountain Grove School off T-Highway, Boston Center on Highway 248 and the old primary school downtown, now the home of several social services agencies.  Grants from the Branson Education Foundation and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association will help with the cost of publishing the book, with copies to be donated to local libraries and the Historical Society.  The book will also be available at the Branson Centennial Museum this spring.  The school history project has a Facebook page, a blog and a website, with an opportunity to share your Branson school story.  Click on the link with this story at HometownDailyNews.com.

https://sites.google.com/a/branson.k12.mo.us/bransonschoolshistory/

 


Becky Roberts - 01/23/2012 7:29:35 AM
Hats off to the area teachers who teach and encourage young people to become interested in local history. My mother Opal (Grady) Gideon taught school at Mountain Grove School as well as some other one room schools in Taney County. Many other teachers did the same at that time. Mr. B. T. Persinger of Forsyth, who is 100 and remembers all the details of teaching in those days! I can hardly wait to purchase one of the books! Great Job Teachers!