Turning Community Into the School Building

Wonderful story from Nebraska's Lexington Clipper Herald about  a homeschooling family opening the school building to bring in the community. 

Novel idea.

Elwood family makes new home in former Oconto School

The Doyle family has had a lot of people express an interest in what their home looks like now that it isn’t a school. The family moved from Elwood into the former Oconto school building this summer, about three weeks after they purchased it at auction after the school closed. With eight kids from ages 4 to 18, the Doyles had outgrown their former home.
When they heard about the sale of the school and its contents, Melanie and Gary Doyle thought they may end up purchasing school supplies for their home-schooled kids.
Instead, they bought the school itself.
The Doyles will open their new home for public viewing 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Along with family members, women from an Oconto social group will be hosts for the event. Donations will be accepted and the money will be donated to the village of Oconto to purchase items such as Christmas lights, Melanie said.
“It’s a way for the school to keep giving back to the community,” she said.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Doyles plan to open the gymnasium in their home to anyone who wants to watch the Huskers play the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship football game.

LOVE this story.

There seems to be a glut of old school buildings put out to the curb.  The little grade school I attended was sold for 1 dollar to the city.  The school eventually bought another building (big bucks) for administration and built one brand spanking new high school building. 

I'm glad the Oconto community has thoughtful inhabitants. 


Turning Community Into the School Building — 3 Comments

  1. That is a cool story. John and I talked about looking for something like that when we decided to move, but ended up going with other plans.
    It is neat that they decided to open it to the community. 🙂

  2. It does seem to apply to a few homeschoolers' daydreaming, doesn't it? 

    Thanks for stopping by, Dana. I've been enjoying reading about your growing family.

  3. I love it when people repurpose old school buildings!  I do know a hs family that did that in Iowa and I just loved what they did with the space.  I would love to see pictures!
    Merry Christmas,


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