Monday, August 13, 2012

One-Room School Groups in the Ozarks Continue Efforts to Raise Monies and Renovate Buildings with Family Events

Groups and individuals wanting to maintain one-room schools in the Ozarks are working on projects to benefit their historic buildings like never before, according to David Burton, civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“Our membership has grown, there has been increased interest in developing oral histories from former students and teachers, and there are more people involved this year in raising both money and awareness for various one-room schools involved with the Ozarks Country School Association,” said Burton.

The following events related to area one-room schools in the Ozarks are taking place this fall:

Spaghetti Dinner at New Bethel: New Bethel Church will host a spaghetti dinner in their fellowship hall starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 to benefit New Bethel School. A dessert auction and silent auction will follow along with entertainment by the gospel/bluegrass band “Ozark Mountain Boys.” Proceeds will benefit the ongoing efforts to restore New Bethel School. Built in the early 20's, New Bethel was used as a school until 1945. It is one of the last rural schools still standing in the extreme southwest corner of Missouri. For more information, contact Karen Almeter at 417-845-6855.

Liberty School Fundraiser: A pancake supper from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 at Appleby’s, 2430 N. Glenstone, will raise money for the “Move and Restoration Fund” for Liberty School. Tickets for the event cost $5 and proceeds will go toward moving Liberty School from its present location north of Springfield near Fellows Lake to the Gray-Campbell Farmstead inside Nathanael Greene Park. To get tickets, or for more information about getting tickets at the door, contact Norma Tolbert by email at or phone at 833-2352. To date, this effort has raised $7,800 to use toward moving Liberty School.
Locust Prairie School Days: According to organizer Carol Coble, this annual event at the historic and beautiful one-room Locust Prairie School is a fun event for the entire family. The Locust Prairie School Days and Student Reunion runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 13.There will be an old car cruise in, and a tractor show, and music most of the day. Chili and vegetable soup, homemade pies and cakes to be served and there will also be a home-made quilt raffle. All proceeds go to the preservation of this one room school in Greene County. For more details call 417-759-2119 or 417-736-3564 and leave a message. The school is located at the intersection of Farm Road 239 and Farm Road 56, between Strafford and Fair Gove.

Schuyler Community Breakfast: The annual Schuyler Community Breakfast and Bake Sale will take place from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, potatoes, juice and coffee for $5. The Schuyler Community Center, located near Fantastic Caverns north of Springfield, not only preserves a former one-room school in Greene County but it also builds a sense of community in this area north of Springfield, Mo. The white building sits at the corner of Farm Roads 94 and 124 and is on the county historic register.

Wooley Creek Bluegrass Festival: The annual Wooley Creek Bluegrass Festival is Oct. 12, 13 and 14. An auction is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. Current groups scheduled include: YouTube sensation The Cleverly’s, The Petersen Family Band of Branson, Cedar Hill of Rogers, Arkansas and Missouri Boatride. Admission is $10 for the weekend and Sunday is free. Proceeds from the event go toward the restoration of Historic Wooley Creek School. For updates and a schedule visit There is free primitive camping for RVs, Travel Trailers and tents on the site.

More information about the MU Extension community development program known as the Ozarks Country School Association can be found online at or by calling the Greene County Extension Center, (417) 881-8909.


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