|My father attended high school here as well.|
He went to a different school for elementary, but
they had to close it when the ceiling fell down.
Now, Mrs. Bond was a well-meaning woman and she certainly didn't intend to cause lasting harm to Byesville's kindergarteners, but she favored a classroom set-up that couldn't help but guarantee more than a few children would have body image issues for the rest of their lives.
Mrs. Bond sat her Kindergarten class at 4 tables, formed from 4-8 desks turned to face the middle. Like this, see, the little v's are the seats and... never mind.
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Our tables had names: We were the Kitties, Dogs, Rabbits, and Bears. In that order. And the children were assigned to the tables by... body size... in that order. I was a kitty because I was dinky then. (Now I am "normal.") There were several more Kitties at my table, mostly little girls. My friend Tammy was a little bigger so she was a Dog along with another girl and some boys. My best friend, Lisa, was tall and thin. She was a Rabbit. There was only one child big enough to sit at the Bear table. Her name was Carol and she must have been about 8 by then. She was one of the Cherokee children who came into town to go to school with us and I guess she was having a hard time with Kindergarten.
|Not the real Kitties, Dogs, Rabbits, and Bear(s).|
With class pictures of a certain vintage, it hardly matters.
Carol had smooth brown skin and a big round Indian face with a smile that practically split it in half. She was tall even for an 8 year old and quite stout. She sat at the Bear table alone every day. Mrs. Bond hardly ever went over there to check on how she was doing. I kept wishing that Carol would switch to the Morning Kindergarten because I knew there was at least one more Bear in there.