The Galion Elks Lodge #1191 decided to show Galion Schools’ third grade class what learning in a one room schoolhouse was like one hundred years ago, thanks to the Harvey School Project, operated by a dedicated group of retired education volunteers in Crawford County.
The Harvey School was the dream for a restoration project by Betty Hapke of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, who organized the reconstruction of a typical brick one-room schoolhouse in southwestern Crawford County. Now after its completion, an ongoing interpretive project keeps its doors open to school groups all across Ohio for a field trip back in time to simpler learning days. The local Elks project raised money to afford all Galion Schools’ third grade classes to take a field trip and spend the lion’s share of the day learning about history of schools, with real life experiences like the outhouse, the communal water bucket, studies and games, and stoking the pot bellied stove.
“Our intention is to have this field trip scheduled for our students before the end of this year’s classes in June,” said Mark Stefanik, Galion City Schools superintendent.
Brian Saterfield, Galion Elks Exalted Ruler noted that “this is what our organization is all about; helping our community’s youth broaden their learning. We plan to continue raising money for this project annually.”
For more information about the Galion Elks, visit www.elks.org and for more about the Harvey School, call Marianne Wensinger at 419-562-1567.