The Oldest Standing School in Arizona

It is a one-room cabin located in Strawberry, Arizona. It was made of fine pine logs.

Strawberry is a mountain community which is rich in pine trees. To this time, the school is still surrounded with pine trees.

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There are also tables with benches under the trees at the school yard.

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This school provided elementary instruction in rural Arizona from 1885 until 1916. It shows concrete evidence of the efforts to teach “3Rs” (reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic) during that time.

When I learned that we were going to Strawberry, I thought that it was a plantation just like the one we have in Benguet, Philippines. In there, tourist can pick the strawberries.

My friend Mary Ann, left, at the Strawberry Plantation in Benguet, Philippines.

Noticed that on top of the school house is the bell. It gave signal to students when it was time to go to class.

I remember my elementary days. We, my cousins and I, used to walk from home to our public school located in Barbarit, Magsingal, Ilocos Sur. We lived in Bungro. These are two adjacent villages.

If we heard the school bell rung, wherever we were, we run as fast as we can. There was a flag raising ceremony before the start of classes.

Yes, I always attended the ceremony even if it meant being scorched by the heat of the sun. I was the tallest girl in class. That meant I was always the last on line. My space was not shadowed by the trees anymore unlike those in front. I had to endure that for the entire ceremony😀.

At the back of the cabin school house there are two small buildings. These served as their restrooms.

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On each door there is a crescent moon design.

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The Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognizes the brave pioneers who built this existing log school house in Arizona.

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