|Lynn Garden Elementary
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
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.
articles were found in back issues of Kingsport Times:
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 the
County schools will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday
following that date. Christmas holidays for county schools will
Dec. 22 and continue Until Jan. 3.
The, city school board had not decided today upon the date
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
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
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.
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
Students Given Tickets
Supervisor of the work is Mrs. Kyle McKamey.
Lunches are distributed
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.
kitchen, located in the school basement, is provided with shelves
close to 900 jars of foods canned during the summer from
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 principal.
A sample week's menu is as follows:
Soup, peas and carrots, sandwiches, crackers or bread.
Chicken and dumplings, potato salad, pumpkin pie, crackers, or
Dried beans, slaw, macaroni and cheese, cookies, bread.
Beef stew, tomatoes,
sauce, cookies or cup cake, corn bread or light bread.
Green beans, slaw, tomatoes, creamed potatoes, peas, and bread.
Girl Scouts Aid
rest room and clinic; furnished and decorated by Girl Scout Troops 4
and 15 indicates that pupils of
Lynn Garden school know how to follow the example of teachers in working for school improvement.
room has a piano, cot, table, chairs, curtains and other
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.
Times, October 13, 1940
BOARD EDUCATION TO
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
Contracts for construction and the
installation of electrical equipment
have been let. The special meeting of the board was called following
announcement by the building contractors that construction had
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
to be completed before the 1938 school term opens in September.
Kingsport Times, January 31, 1938
Elementary School, First Honor Roll
LYNN GARDEN Elementary School
than 40 students today had attained the honor roll at Lynn
School for the month of November. They are:
Harold Burke, Harry Lee Gilliam, Charles Gillespie,
Mae Head, Bonham Kelley, Dorothy Faye McConnell, Roy
Helen Greene, Janette McDavid.
Betty Anne Bell, Alvie Bright. J. C. Davis. Lena Larkins,
Lorraine Allen, Mary Lou Allgood, Loree Davidson,
Mellons, Jean Parker.
William Adams, Frances Baker, Zulla Mae Light, Betty Lee McClellan,
Betty Joe O'Neill, Laura Lee Simmons, Pearle
Charles Gibson, Virginia Murray, Margaret Mustard.
O'N'eill, Dorothy Mull, Evelyn Self.
Ruth Dodson, Lucy Hicks. Kay McConnell, Ruth
Mary June Bacon, Lakie Lewis, Matalene Peters, Nell
Juanila Patrick, Everette Simms, Helen Templeton, Ralph Cooper.
Times, December 18, 1938