I went to fifth and sixth grade in a small school house that was seven miles from the farm. It had two large rooms. There were cloak rooms on one end and bathrooms off of the other end, and a huge expanse of windows to the east or the west depending on if you were in the sixth grade or the fifth grade.
A kindly old lady ( Mrs. Zeller) was the fifth grade teacher, she had been teaching for years. The sixth grade teacher was a shy young man (Mr. Cox) he was probably right out of college.
We walked from this school to the grade school everyday for gym and for lunch, it wasn’t far, less than a block away. There was a gymnasium in the basement of our building, but we were not allowed to use it.
In my opinion the best thing about our school yard was the big old metal merry go round.
We would start with a child at each space and one in the middle, if you were in the middle you had to find a spot to hang on when your head started spinning and you were too dizzy to stand up. The best runners would run as fast as they could around and around..then IF you were daring..and I was.. you would hop on and throw your legs over the bar and lock them in place and bend over backwards and feel the wind in your face. and watch the world go by upside down. We would play on this merry go round before and after school everyday rain, shine, snow, ice..Minnesota school kids are a hearty bunch or we used to be. I did hear a rumor that the kids nowadays don’t like to wear snow boots to school.
I watched these children trying to get the hang of this old fashioned merry go round..it was fun to watch..no one was bending over backwards looking at the world upside down..but they were having a good time:)