Green Creek School to celebrate 16 annual reunion June 10

Published 10:41 am Monday, June 4, 2012

The entire student body of Green Creek School in Polk County (grades first-11) gathered in front of the main building in 1942 for this group picture. (photo submitted by Opal Sauve)

The 16th annual Green Creek School reunion will be held on Sunday, June 10. This all-inclusive reunion will be held at the former school (now Green Creek Community Center) from 2-5 p.m.
All former students and teachers, their families and friends, as well as anyone with former ties to Green Creek, are welcome to attend.
Anyone who attended Green Creek School anytime during the 78 years that it was in operation is encouraged to bring their annuals, old pictures and their memories to share. Hundreds of pictures will be on display at this reunion.
Refreshments will be served.
At the far left of the Green Creek School picture above is “the old white building,” which was the first building for the new consolidated school in operation in 1913. The one and two-room schools in the area were slowly fazed out, yet, most of the small schools were allowed to operate until the county could afford to buy school buses, about 1926. However, the two-room school at Hickory Grove taught students in grades one through seven until about 1932.
At far right of the picture is the Green Creek gymnasium, built by the WPA in 1936, and is still standing today. This beloved historic “gym” is now used for a number of activities. The students that were enrolled in the carpenter class in 1935 through 1940 at Green Creek High School helped to build and landscape this gym, as well as helped with maintenance and landscaping at the home for Green Creek teachers.
During the 1930s and 1940s, the Great Depression and World War II caused many different teachers to live in a boarding house on school grounds, called Teacherage.
For more information about the reunion, call Opal Sauve at 828-863-2437.
– article submitted by Opal Sauve

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