The Kibler One-Room School in Towamensing Township recently played host to a special program and an old-fashioned cake walk on Sept. 15.
The event began with the pre-1954 Pledge of Allegiance to the 48-star United States flag. A 48-star flag would have been used toward the end of the period when the schools were open. People reciting the pledge were so familiar with the words "under God," that many used it even though the earlier version was printed on a music sheet.
Evan Beers held the flag for the pledge.
A version of "Home on the Range" was composed by David Guion who lived at Preacher's Camp. His house was torn down when Beltzville Lake was built.
Mary Beth Beers gave a report on the newly-acquired Greenzweig School, which is located on Church Road, just outside of Trachsville. It is a gift to Towamensing Township from the Kuehner family. Beers said they could see it deteriorating further as negotiations continued.
The school needs window glass and repairs to the roof. The more serious ones have already been repaired.
A Sunday, Oct. 13, activity will be held at the school from 2-4 p.m. Attendees will be guests of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission.
In addition to refreshments, there will be sign-up sheets for work crews.
"We are blessed that we can learn about early education this way," said Beers.
Thanks were expressed to the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club for providing tents, to David Westrip of Jim Thorpe for keyboard music for the cakewalk, to Leonard Borger for the sound system, and to the TIMES NEWS for publicity for the various events at the school.
Donated items were auctioned, including a cake by Marie White, similar to the one that won at the Farm Show three years ago; a bear seated at a school desk; Margie Long's brown-tone painting of Kibler School; a bottle of chocolate raspberry wine; and a baby quilt by Margaret Bowers Shinsec.
Offered as a door prize was a throw provided by Palmerton Area Historical Society.
During the event Theodore Hittner had school memorabilia on display.
Roy Christman said one reason for maintaining the school is education and under that umbrella came keeping the old traditions alive.
"You probably remember the church cakewalks where a local band played," said Christman. "People walked around a circle until the music stopped."
Dave Westrip played the keyboard to provide music for the cakewalk. Bob Rinehart made the spinner that chose the winner.
The last cake to be won had featured a picture of the Kibler School.