Learning in a one-room schoolhouse

Former students at School 19 in Potter Hollow recently shared their experiences learning in a one-room schoolhouse in a video with Town Historian Don Teator, third from right, to preserve these memories for posterity. Contributed photo

GREENVILLE — In an effort to capture and preserve for posterity what it was like to attend classes in a one-room schoolhouse, the Greenville Education Foundation recently brought together five individuals who attended classes in School 19 in Potter Hollow before it closed in 1955.

Robert Cook, Virginia Reed Cook, Gerald Goodfellow, Linda Reed Mormile and Diane Reed Sala, shared their memories of attending School 19 with guidance from Don Teator, the Greenville town historian, who served as a moderator for the discussion.

The group spoke about what attending a one-room schoolhouse was like, and what impact it had on their lives. Many of their remembrances were quite humorous, while others were somewhat sobering.

The entire get-together was digitally recorded by Tim Albright, a GCS social studies teacher and Greenville Media Club advisor, and two of the club’s members, Alexis Langolis and Laila Overbaugh. Nadia Boyea, a GCS graduate (and recent SUNY Oneonta graduate) traveled from Oneonta to assist in the filming, and to provide tips with regard to camera set-up and lighting.

Boyea will be working in the coming weeks with Laila and Alexis editing the footage. When completed, the edited version will be available for viewing by members of the Scott M. Ellis
Elementary School faculty and student body.

This project was organized by Linda Mormile and Ed Volmar. Linda and John Mormile hosted the filming at their home.

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