CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 28, 2005 — As part of Academic Hall’s 100th anniversary celebration at Southeast Missouri State University, the Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society in education, is reenacting a one-room schoolhouse in Academic Hall.
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Academic Hall Room 350. The room will be set up as an authentic early 1900s school room, with student desks from that time period, a teacher’s wooden desk with a school bell, lunch pail, and authentic teachers’ books from that time period. The room also will feature framed pictures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, slates, an old American flag, a wooden ruler, water crock and coal oil lamps.
Kappa Delta Pi students will be dressed in period clothing, depicting teachers of that era, and they will take turns reading children’s stories and poems that were published during that time. They also will share information about what it was like to be a teacher then, the rules for teachers, and what it was like to be a child in a classroom during this time period.
Children also will be on hand dressed in period clothing, sitting in the desks. Children in the audience will be invited to join in the classroom and enjoy the stories. Those attending will receive a handout titled “Memories of a One-Room Schoolhouse.” Storytelling will be ongoing, so visitors can come and go as they wish. New storytelling episodes will begin about every 15 minutes.