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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Returning To The Past

The other day I returned to North Heights Elementary School in the Levy area of North Little Rock to deliver dictionaries to the 3rd grade students. Each year the North Little Rock Woman's Club donates and delivers these much needed books, and this year I enjoyed this privilege for the first time. The solid wood, three pane, front doors with brass handles were the same doors I use to pass through so many years ago...
Immediately to my left there was a big poster of famous Latino and Hispanic role models (such as George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, and Sonia Sotomayor) for the students since most of the students in this area are of that origin.
There was even a big North Heights News sign welcoming me back! Well it has been over 50 years but, they really shouldn't have...
The long hallway which once housed Mrs. Tyler and my third grade class is now home to four rooms of kindergartners.
The cafeteria looked the same with the very stage we all nervously and excitedly performed our grand performances. Just think, this is where it all started for our very own Norman Snow...and, can you believe lunch costs were only two shiny dimes way back then...
And, as I walked into the office (which use to be my first grade room) I was in awe of the same stately wooden mail racks where I would often be called upon to help sort mail for the office secretary, Mrs. Burnett...
 It was a very rewarding exerience, however we were saddened by the news that North Height's days were probably numbered...seems like the old lady can't house all the children anymore and it's just easier to tear it down than to keep adding on...sad but glad I got to visit before that happens...