Garden Elementary School
many of us, our school career began on the basement floor of Lynn Garden
Elementary School where First grade classes were held. We were
grouped around low tables six to eight to a table, wide ruled paper and
a big round black pencil.
For those of us starting first grade just after
WWII had ended, we were in for a crowded situation. There were so
many of us, school was held in two shifts, morning and afternoon.
We lined up for everything we did; go to the bathroom, go to recess, go
to lunch, like little ducks in a row.
Concrete floors in the basement rooms which had
been added on to the original building erected in 1937-38 and opened for
classes in the fall of 1938. The older section had wooden floors,
well oiled by the time we reached them.
The cafeteria was also on the basement floor;
occupying space equal to about 2-1/2 rooms. Two first grade class
rooms, two second grade class rooms and one of the two third grade class
rooms. Five class rooms, boys and girls restrooms and the
cafeteria on the basement floor.
Upstairs on the ground floor, were eleven
classrooms, two boys and two girls restrooms, the principal's office and
a small library-music room. The furnace room and janitorial
storage was in the basement of the older section of the school. We
had no auditorium or gymnasium. Our basketball court was outside
and had to be raked well before ball games. This was a time when
basketball games could be called because of rain.
following articles were found in back issues of Kingsport Times:
On Building Lynn Garden Elementary School
NAMED BY BOARD
Armistice Day And Christmas Holidays Set By Education
The boards of education of Kingsport and Sullivan County had
announced today that all city and county schools will observe
holidays on Armistice Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
At a meeting of the Sullivan county board in Blountville
yesterday members voted to hold classes for a half-day Nov. 11
and conduct a special Armistice Day program in all schools in
County schools will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and
Friday following that date. Christmas holidays for county
schools will begin on Dec. 22 and continue Until Jan. 3.
The, city school board had not decided today upon the
date for starting Christmas holidays.
Classes will not be conducted in city schools on
Armistice Day and Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving.
During its meeting yesterday the county school board
voted to receive bids and award contracts for construction of
Lynn Garden elementary school.
The building will include 11 rooms
for classes, the principal's office and health unit. The cost
has been estimated at slightly more than $33,000. The school
will be so constructed as to allow the addition of class rooms
and an auditorium at a later date.
Times, November 7, 1937
Interest and Lot Of Work Provide Hot Lunches Daily For Students
at Lynn Garden School
It doesn't take money to give school children hot,
nourishing lunches; all it takes is a real interest and a little
Teachers at the Lynn Garden School have proved that.
A school kitchen that cost less than $10 in materials,
equipment and labor is now serving lunches to 100 children, 85
of them free lunches to underprivileged children who otherwise
might not have anything at all to eat.
And it's all because teachers at the school had enough
vision, determination and genuine interest in their little
pupils to "pitch in" and work after school hours, at
recesses, and in other spare minutes.
Operation of the kitchen, completed
only a few days ago, is carried on largely through WPA
activities, but the initiative and labor that brought about its
construction came from teachers, backed by a sympathetic
Supervisor of the work is
Mrs. Kyle McKamey. Lunches are distributed by means of tickets.
Those given free to underprivileged children are made as like
the others as possible, in order to avoid comment among the
children which might arise if distinctions were made.
All lunches are 10 cents per plate, and include, for
example, chicken and dumplings, potato salad, pumpkin pie and
crackers or bread on a day’s menu. A variety of similar foods
is furnished each day of the school week.
The kitchen, located in the school
basement, is provided with shelves
holding close to 900 jars of foods
canned during the summer from the school's WPA garden.
All cabinets and shelves are curtained in white, and the
kitchen is painted red and white, with linoleum floors. The
electric stove was furnished by Kingsport Utilities.
Except for a few hours work by a carpenter, all labor was
furnished by the teachers.
Two cooks, Mrs. Callie Dalton and
Mrs. Mae Dillow, are furnished by the WPA. The school has an
enrollment of 415 students with teachers. Otis Flanary is
week's menu is as follows:
Monday: Soup, peas and carrots,
sandwiches, crackers or bread.
Tuesday: Chicken and dumplings,
potato salad, pumpkin pie, crackers, or bread.
Wednesday: Dried beans, slaw,
macaroni and cheese, cookies, bread.
Thursday: Beef stew, tomatoes,
apple sauce, cookies or cup cake, corn bread or light bread.
Friday: Green beans, slaw,
tomatoes, creamed potatoes, peas, and bread.
Girl Scouts Aid
A rest room and
clinic; furnished and decorated by Girl Scout Troops 4 and 15
indicates that pupils of the Lynn Garden school know how to
follow the example of teachers in working for school
The room has a
piano, cot, table, chairs, curtains and other furnishings.
It is taken care of
by the school's Girl Scouts, who give first aid to any children
needing treatment. Leaders
of the troops are Miss Adelia Hull, Mrs. Clay Williams, Mrs. P.
H. Sheffield and Mrs. Jack Haire.
Kingsport Times, October 13, 1940
BOARD EDUCATION TO
In New Lynn Garden School Under Consideration Today
Members of the Sullivan county board of education were in
session at Blountville this afternoon for the purpose of
considering the awarding of plumbing contracts for the new
school building at Lynn
Contracts for construction and the installation of
already have been
let. The special meeting of the board was called following
announcement by the building contractors that construction had
to a point where
certain plumbing equipment must be installed before further work
can be completed.
The new 11-room building was started several weeks ago
following the filing of condemnation proceedings so that the
county could acquire the property without further delay. The
is to be completed
before the 1938 school term opens in September.
Kingsport Times, January 31, 1938
Garden Elementary School, First Honor Roll
More than 40 students today had attained the honor roll at Lynn
Garden School for the month of November. They are:
First Grade: Harold Burke,
Harry Lee Gilliam, Charles Gillespie,
Dorothy Mae Head, Bonham Kelley, Dorothy Faye McConnell,
Roy Morrison, Alice Vaughan.
Second Grade: Helen Greene,
Third Grade: Betty Anne
Bell, Alvie Bright, J. C. Davis, Lena Larkins,
Fourth Grade: Lorraine
Allen, Mary Lou Allgood, Loree Davidson,
Claudelle Mellons, Jean Parker.
Fifth Grade: William Adams,
Frances Baker, Zulla Mae Light, Betty Lee McClellan,
Betty Joe O'Neill, Laura Lee Simmons, Pearle Stapleton, Doris Williams.
Sixth Grade: Charles Gibson,
Virginia Murray, Margaret Mustard,
O'N'eill, Dorothy Mull, Evelyn Self.
Seventh Grade: Ruth Dodson,
Lucy Hicks. Kay McConnell,
Ruth Osborne, Mildred Gobble.
Eighth Grade: Mary June
Bacon, Lakie Lewis, Matalene Peters, Nell
Mosley, Juanila Patrick, Everette Simms, Helen Templeton, Ralph
Times, December 18, 1938