Tuesday, April 10, 2018

School days, wedding day

As reported in the Herald-Times, rural Stinesville, Indiana, has had its own school since the 1930s, but it will soon close due to centralization. A little girl named Brooklyn Smith grew up in town, and went to the school from kindergarten through fifth grade. Today she works there as a teacher's aide. Most former students remember the tiny rural school fondly, but Brooklyn found a special way to cherish it. She and David Navarre got married in the gym.

                                                                                                         Chris Howell / Herald-Times
After she changed into her wedding dress in the first grade classroom where she works each day, her dad walked her down the hallway past colorful bulletin boards to the back door of the gym. The scene was familiar. He remembered Brooklyn's first day at kindergarten, saying he took the day off from work so he could bring her to class here. The school closes forever this summer, but it will always have a place in the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. David Navarre.

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