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Raines Elementary

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Hello everyone!  I thought I would share this picture with you all.  I found this on facebook the other day.  This is where I went to school from 1st to 6th grade.  In my 7th grade, they decided to tear down the school and build a new one.  They then moved all us students to another building.  I have many fond memories (and some not so fond) of this place.  You see, I went to school during the time when teachers could still paddle.  Not only that, but if I got in trouble at school, I knew I was in trouble at home.  How did we ever get to where we are now.  If a kid gets in trouble at school now, it is always the teachers fault never the kids.  Oh well, sorry, I think I got on a rabbit trail there.  Any way back to the picture.  The small building you see in the right hand corner is the girls toilet.  That’s right, toilet-not bathroom.  You can not see it but there is one just like it on the left for the boys. No swings or any type of play equipment.  Sometimes, someone would bring a board bat and a ball and we would play ball.  Most times, we just played tag and hide and go seek, jump rope, hop scotch,  things like that.   In the upper left is the coal house and the pump house.  Starting at the right of the building, the first room was the 3rd and 4th grade, next was 1st and 2nd, then 5th and 6th and the last room was for the 7th grade.  I guess they thought if you made it to 7th grade, you deserved a room all to yourselves.  As you probably guessed, we were a small school and everyone knew everyone, no matter what grade you were in.  The older grades watched out for the younger grades.  Everyone’s parents knew everyone’s parents.  Of course, this meant you couldn’t get into too much meanness because someone was bound to tell on you.  But I liked that, we knew where our boundaries were.

Well, that’s my walk down memory lane.  I hope I didn’t bore you all too much.  We are working with grapes today.  So I better get off here and get started.  Enjoy your day and God bless.