|SPRINGFIELD- Every three months, members of the Ozarks Country School Association (OCSA) receive a high quality 20-page newsletter full of information related to one-room schools in southwest Missouri. Articles include profiles on existing schools in the region, historical photos, information on restoration and renovation, memories of one-room schools written by former students and details about upcoming events.
Volume 3, Issue 1, was printed this week and is packed full of interesting information, according to newsletter editor David Burton, a civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension and director of the rural schools project.
"This quarter's newsletter includes profiles on Alley Springs School, Brownhill School in Texas County and Rocky Point School in Webster County," Burton said.
The newsletter also includes: student memories, information on an upcoming oral history project, a restoration success story from Baldwin, research on teacher strikes in the Ozarks, an essay on lessons learned in one-room schools, a story on the proper way to print and save historical photos, information on how two local schools got added to a database for possible movie locations, and lots information on upcoming programs.
Back issues of the publication are available for purchase by the general public at a cost of $10 per issue plus shipping. An order form is available on the Greene County Extension website here.
The mission of the OCSA is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the one-room school experience in Ozarks. The goal of the organization is to work with groups as well as interested individuals and building owners to raise funds and awareness to maintain the historic one-room school buildings in the Ozarks and develop them as community centers.
For more information about OCSA or to learn how to become a member for a yearly fee of $25 per person and receive the quarterly newsletter, contact Burton at (417) 881-8909 or via e-mail here.