From Pipi’s Pasture: A country school reunion
March 20, 2015
Since this column's beginning, I've written quite a few stories about the Morapos School, within walking distance from our ranch home, where my siblings and I attended school. (Our brother Duane Osborn also attended the Hamilton School.) Over the years, we "kids" have talked a lot about those school years and have tried to put the years and students and teachers together. The most challenging task has been to figure out who I went to school with when I was in the lower grades and who the first teachers were. It sounds like it should be easy; it isn't. With our parents gone, we really don't have anyone to ask.
Even more difficult is trying to put together the years when our mother, Judy Osborn, taught at the Morapos School, those years before she was married.
So, I was thrilled when I learned that a Country School Reunion is being planned for area residents who attended Moffat County rural schools and for the teachers of these schools. It will be held on June 13 (location to be announced later) at about noon when lunch will be served. There will be plenty of memory sharing.
The reunion is the brainchild of Mary Lou Allen and Wesley Counts, both of Craig, who attended Moffat County rural schools themselves. In Allen's case it was the Lower Big Gulch School; Counts attended Cedar Mountain School. Allen and Counts reminisced about the country schools and then decided it would be a great idea to have a Country School Reunion. They contacted the people at the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Wyman Museum who thought it was a great idea, too.
So then they had a meeting attended by eight people. They set June 13 as the date for the reunion.
Twenty-two people attended a second meeting on March 13. Two of the attendees had been rural school teachers in Moffat County. During this meeting participants wrote lists of students they remembered from their country schools. The plan is to gather information about the country schools so that it can be made available at the reunion.
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There will be another meeting on April 24 at the Wyman Museum. Anyone who was a country school student, who has information about the area country schools, or is interested in the reunion is invited to attend. Allen says that "word of mouth" is important in getting information out about the reunion. So, if you were a rural school student and remember the names of classmates, write the names down. If possible, contact the people. If you make lists or have photos, contact Mary Lou Allen at 970-824-6761 or Wesley Counts at 970-824-6455.
Mark June 13, about noon, on your calendar for lunch and the sharing of lots of memories. This column will feature more information about the Country School Reunion when it becomes available.