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Lily of the Valley Country School

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Lily of the Valley School has been busy hosting various groups this year. In the spring, third grade classes from Aurelia and Cherokee attended, as well and various church and Red Hat groups from the surrounding area.

On July 3, an Open House was held in connection with the Festival weekend in Cherokee. This fall, River Valley third grades and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn fourth grades visited the school.

The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School with their teachers, Jan Brown and Jennifer Todd, each spent one half of a day in September experiencing the scheduling, rules, seeing historical items such as a Victrola, old maps, etc. and practicing the subjects that were taught in a one-room school.

When classes from area schools visit the Lily of the Valley Country School in Cherokee, they experience the different styles and materials of learning. Photo contributed
Teachers Pat Friedrichsen, Molly Ver Heul, and Barb Pruett taught the MMC students Reading, Ciphering (math), Orthography (spelling in the form of a spell-down), Penmanship (using calligraphy pens and ink), Geography, and old recess games.

Three students in each class were awarded first, second, and third places in their class' spelldown. These are pictures of the classes with their respective teachers and a picture of each set of spelling winners.

First place for spelling in Todd's class was Merranda Drost, second place went to Taylor Schlenger, and third place was earned by MacKenna Henrich.

Brown's class winners were; first place, Lexi Dreckman, second place, Kaelee Letsche, and third place, Gretchen Ruba.

All girls are given handmade bonnets and boys receive neckerchiefs to wear and take home.

When classes visit the country school and experience the different style and materials of learning, they fill out evaluation forms and often ask to come back.

The teachers are members of the IRSPA (Iowa Retired School Personnel of Iowa). They offer classes or tours for any school class or organization in the area.

The organization would also like to thank all of the people who have donated books and materials for our use at the school.

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