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