Schools, 1982

School is very different than it used to be.  Students go to school five days a week, Monday through Friday; nine months a year, September through May; and about seven hours a day.  They also have vacations at Christmas, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and summer vacation from the time school ends in the spring, about the end of May, until it starts in the fall, about the end of August.

There are many classes to choose from today.  Some of these are history, geography, home economics, business classes, typing, foreign languages, physical education, chorus, and different kinds of math, English and sciences.  Band is also an elective.

A student has to go to school until he or she is sixteen and through the eighth grade.  Most people graduate from high school and many go on to college, usually for two or four years.

Today students have a choice of many sports.  There is football, track, girl’s basketball, boy’s basketball and baseball.

Eating dinner is also different now.  Before, they had to bring sack lunches, but now schools have a cafeteria where hot meals are served.

In earlier times, students had to walk to school, but now if they live in the country they can ride the school bus.

People of today probably think that the present-day school system is much easier and more convenient.

Marci Leininger

Source: Cooperstown, North Dakota 1882-1982 Centennial page 67

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