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Big Kid Day at Oak Hill School
July 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Why should kids have all the fun? On Friday, July 22, the schoolhouse will be open for a Big Kid Day, where students 18 and older are welcome to come and experience a school day in 1893. The day will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. and will include lessons in arithmetic, reading, penmanship using quill pens, history, geography and much more. There will be recess, of course.
The cost for the day is $5 per student and reservations are required as space is limited. The money will assist with the continued maintenance of the building and help support the Oak Hill School Heritage Education Program. Through this program, students from across the region visit Oak Hill School for an experiential, hands-on learning experience.
Registration is required by contacting the Heritage Alliance at email@example.com or calling 423-753-9580.
Oak Hill School was built in 1886 to serve the community of Knob Creek. The building served local residents as a school and as a center for community events until the school was closed in the 1950s. The school sat unoccupied (except for a few bales of hay) until the expansion and development of Johnson City encroached. The property on which Oak Hill School was built was to become a retail shopping center. The property owners approached the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum about saving the structure by relocating it to Jonesborough.
Today, Oak Hill School invites students to come for a day-long field trip and enroll in the class of 1892-93. Reading, writing, arithmetic, history, geography – even the pledge of allegiance – are all as they were prior to the turn of the last century. Our curriculum is based on the detailed 1892-93 diary of a Washington County School Superintendent. Students gain an understanding of the lives of their predecessors through this glimpse of a typical school day. Designed for a single classroom, a day at Oak Hill School is an experience students will treasure.