Missouri groups raising money to renovate one-room schools

Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 7:09 a.m. CDT; updated 11:57 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 23, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Several fundraisers are planned this fall to renovate former one-room schools in the Ozarks.

The University of Missouri Extension said more people are joining the Ozarks County School Association. The group works with local residents and building owners to preserve the schools and transform them into community hubs.

The extension's county program director David Burton said there is growing interest in developing oral histories from former students and teachers.

The fundraising efforts included a spaghetti dinner to benefit the New Bethel School. It's one of the last rural schools still standing in the extreme southwest corner of Missouri.

Four other events are planned, including a pancake supper Saturday to raise money to move the Liberty School to a Springfield park that already features the city's oldest house.

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