Gene Kester remembers his time in the Little Red Schoolhouse in High Point. He can even tell you where his teacher, Ms. Farmer, used to sit.
"That little out cove if I remember correctly," Kester said. "The teacher would sit right there and read stories to us."
And while Kester dug into his memories, the High Point Museum was digging into the ground behind him. They're laying the foundation for the schoolhouse's new home.
"We are especially looking at it as a space for programs for young children in keeping with the way it was originally used," museum director, Edith Brady said.
It's been 50 years since Kester sat inside the schoolhouse... but 50 years hasn’t erased his memories.
“One of my jobs as a student was to go outside and beat all of the erasers of the chalk that we used.”
He remembers his classmates…and even some of what they learned.
“Our ABC's and everything you'd expect in the first grade.”
Now he wants to help future generations make memories in the little schoolhouse he cares so much about.
“We need to value our history here in the states so I encourage everybody to support the little red schoolhouse.”
He's talking about raising funds to help renovate the building. The museum, preservation society and the city have a little less than $19,000 to raise.
The first phase of the project involved moving the schoolhouse from downtown to the museum campus. Next they'll paint it, repair the roof, install heating and air conditioning and add a bathroom.
Once the project is complete the little piece of history will help educate children for years to come.
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