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Observer file photo Volunteers who helped restore the St. George Schoolhouse are seeking community input on ways to use the building.
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Volunteers who helped restore the St. George Schoolhouse are seeking community input on ways to use the building.

Group seeks ways to use St. George Schoolhouse

The committee that worked to restore St. George’s Little Red Schoolhouse now wants to see it used.

The schoolhouse is nearly ready for public use, and volunteers are reaching out to the community to get input on what residents would like to see in the schoolhouse. They are also seeking locals who want to organize gatherings, classes or events, said Lori Ring, president of the St. George Historic and Conservation Trust.

The schoolhouse will be used for St. George’s Town Meeting in March. In the meantime, Ring said it could be used for afternoon movie showings, after school classes, potlucks, art shows or other events.

“We hope people will want to use it for birthday parties, small weddings, anniversary and baby showers, meetings, a family gathering, Christmas events,” Ginger Isham, one of the committee members, wrote in an email to the Observer.

Isham said the group still needs to install storm windows and skirting around the foundation. In addition, a plaque is being installed to recognize donors and volunteers.

Restoring the schoolhouse has been an ongoing community effort. In 2012, it was moved from Vermont Route 2A to a spot near the St. George town offices. Residents and businesses donated a total of $117,000.

“We are grateful for all who helped us this year realize our goal with generous donations,” Isham wrote.

The group is also collecting memories.

“We hope anyone who attended the Little Red Schoolhouse in the past will write down their memories of going to a one-room schoolhouse that can be put into a booklet and shared with others,” she wrote. “Life must be understood backward but lived forward. By restoring our past we honor and understand our roots.”

For more information or to share ideas, contact Ring at stgeorgeschoolhouse@gmail.com or 482-3747.

—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff