At my school, we held a special celebration last Friday evening. Along with a potluck dinner, there was face painting, games, crafts, and musical performances. All children received books to keep and take home.
Mr. Oscar Mireless, who is the City of Madison Poet Laureate read a poem in the library and described his job as a Poet for our city.
Next, I described Wisconsin’s one room schools to a small group. After my talk, one father smiled, nodded his head and said, “I went to a school just like you are telling about – in Veracruz, Mexico. We had bathrooms out in back and had to carry water for washing and drinking. We were all in one room with one teacher.”
He went on to describe a way of learning I have heard from many Wisconsin one room school students.
“When I worked, I listened in to the older grades. I liked listening to the math classes. When I got to that grade, I already knew some of it. It was a good school.”
One room schools in Wisconsin and a one room school in Mexico. Sharing stories brings people close together, not only on one day but every day.