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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

That’s right, it’s Back-to-School time! That magical time that parents everywhere look forward to with joy in their hearts…

…and kids everywhere dread! Here at Crestview Schools, teachers are returning to spiff up their classrooms, sports teams are practicing and the football field is getting an upgrade to artificial turf for the fall season.

In the branch, we have Get Ready for Kindergarten packets and worksheets available for all those Kindergarten newbies to work on needed skills for school. Stop by and pick one up today, and load up on some neat back-to-school stories while you’re at it! We have many titles available, from sweet (Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand) to scary (R.L. Stine’s It’s the First Day of School–Forever!). 

Do you know the history of schools in Richland County? I didn’t, so I did a bit of checking in our newspaper databases, available at: https://www.mrcpl.org/read-explore/databases/

Newspaper records from the early 1820s lament the lack of “common schools,” and a letter supporting the candidacy of one Mordecai Bartley—a staunch school advocate—over a Mr. E. Cooke  to represent Mansfield in the legislature was published in the Sandusky Clarion on October 2, 1822.

But the beginnings of school in Richland County date even farther back, all the way to the War of 1812! Back then, Mansfield was at the far western edge of the frontier, and a blockhouse was built to house the military and protect civilians against attack. This blockhouse served many functions, including as a courthouse, church and school. Check out these interesting blog posts on the Mansfield blockhouse:

https://richlandcountyhistory.com/2019/07/14/the-blockhouse-as-an-icon-of-mansfield/

https://travelinspiredliving.com/the-blockhouse-in-south-park-icon-of-mansfield-ohio/

Finally, a little school joke for you:

Q: What’s the king of all school supplies?

A: The ruler!

Have a great school year, everyone!

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