By Theron McCranie
With the coming of another end of a school year, memories of a school ending many years ago come to mind. It was the spring of 1989. Many of the faculty members stood in front of the impressive, historical Chauncey School as the last yellow school bus filled with excited young people and pulled away from the school. Of course the teachers were excited for the summer break as well, but then the realization that, as the yellow bus faded from sight, there would be none to return in the fall. The quietness that had fallen upon the halls of the school was there to stay. Although I did not attend school in Chauncey, I did have the privilege to teach there for six years. Also, my alma mater, Rhine School was destined for the same fate. However, in the fall we would all be together in new schools with new friends.
Through the generosity of the Dodge County School System, the city of Chauncey was able to acquire the Chauncey School building. A restoration committee was formed and fundraising began. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been raised and donated. All of the money has been used to restore the historical old building and although much has been done, there is still much work that is needed. Just last year the Georgia Trust for Historical Places named the Chauncey School to its list of Places in Peril, signifying not only how important the building is historically but also the danger it may face if we do not continue our work.
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