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Lynn Garden Elementary School

Kenny Stallard

     For 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.

     The following articles were found in back issues of Kingsport Times:

Information On Building Lynn Garden Elementary School 

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

NAMED BY BOARD

Thanksgiving, Armistice Day And Christmas Holidays Set By Education Groups

     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 the afternoon.

     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.

Kingsport Times, November 7, 1937

 

 

Real 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 work.

     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 community.

Students Given Tickets

     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.

415 Students

     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 principal.

A sample 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 improvement.

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 LET CONTRACTS

Plumbing Contract 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 Garden.

     Contracts for construction and the installation of electrical equipment

already have been let. The special meeting of the board was called following announcement by the building contractors that construction had progressed

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 building

is to be completed before the 1938 school term opens in September.

Kingsport Times, January 31, 1938

Lynn Garden Elementary School, First Honor Roll

Honor Roll

LYNN GARDEN Elementary School

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, Janette McDavid.

 

Third Grade: Betty Anne Bell, Alvie Bright. J. C. Davis. Lena Larkins,

Norma Light.

 

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.

Kathleen 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 Cooper.

 

Kingsport Times, December 18, 1938

 

 

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