5THE ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE

Many old schools have found new uses. S.S.#9 in Dawn is used for curing tobacco!  Other old schools have been transformed into homes, shops, and barns.
Many old schools have found new uses. S.S.#9 in Dawn is used for curing tobacco! Other old schools have been transformed into homes, shops, and barns.
The first schools along the river were built in the 1830ís. They were made of logs, and also served as churches and meeting places. These schools had very little equipment; they would be lucky to have a Bible to use as a textbook. In Mosa township, so many children spoke Gaelic at home that the teachers were obliged to teach in that language. Teachers were paid with grants from the government and a special tax called "rate pay" that parents paid. Usually, this was 25 cents a month, but sometimes parents could pay in other ways such as a cord of wood for the school fireplace.

In the 1860s, people living along the River started building one-room schoolhouses. The schools were built where the largest numbers of students could reach them. This meant schools were sometimes built in the middle of the bush, with trees notched to show the way.

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