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The progress of the schoolhouse is slowly but surely coming along, and Jeri Anderson and Gloria Christiansan have high hopes that this county project is one that both the young and old can get involved in.
Within the next few months, the move from its current location, south of Clearwater, to across the street from the Antelope County Museum will begin and inside renovations will begin during the colder seasons. The schoolhouse project is one that many are getting involved in and it is one that the community should be proud of.
From digging a new basement to designing shirts for a fundraising, multiple individuals throughout the surrounding areas are chipping in to this development. Jeri Anderson explained that much of the cost of the first schools in Antelope County came by volunteers who built the buildings after the land was often donated. And this same spirit is showing to this day from the several volunteers and donations made. To date, the donations have made up to $16,280.00.
Not only are the donations a huge contribution but the volunteers offering to help with the project are greatly appreciated. Sargent Irrigation has volunteered to dig the basement, while Klabenes has offered to haul the dirt. Melodie Funk of Clearwater has also offered to design two different shirts to start a fundraiser to raise more for the development of the building. The two options will say “I’m a product of a country school,” as well as “Learning from the past… Looking to the future.” Be sure to watch out for them soon, and don’t forget to place your order.
Each contribution is one that the schoolhouse will benefit from, and Jeri would love to have more people involved.
Jeri explained that every little bit of help is rewarding, “You really just leave a part of yourself in the project.”
The future of the schoolhouse is bright, and they hope to start interviews of country school students and teachers throughout the county in the near future. Be sure to contact Jeri Anderson (402.929.0224) to see what you can do for the schoolhouse project. Leave your mark on this part of history in Antelope County and the surrounding areas.