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Tanner students recall days at historic school

Published: 7:45 AM, 02/11/2014 Last updated: 7:46 AM, 02/11/2014
 


Source: The Newport Plain Talk

EDITOR'S NOTEThe Tanner Preservation Alliance continues its work to rescue and preserve the historic Tanner School, one of the few Rosenwald Schools remaining in America. Many students of the institution used the knowledge and wisdom gained there as springboards for success in many areas of life. Many students chose to leave Cocke County and pursue their careers elsewhere, but took with them fond memories of their days at Tanner. One of these was Carrie Dawson Caldwell, who shares her story and memories today. In observance of Black History Month, the Tanner Preservation Alliance has shared these memories with us.

Dr. Kathy Dykes Sims

 

I attended Tanner School from 1963 until 1967, grades 1-4.  One of my fondest memories of attending Tanner School was that even before I was of official school age, I would cry each morning and beg my mother, the late Elizabeth C. Dykes, to walk me across the “field” to Tanner School.  (The field is where the CCHS football stadium is now located).  Mom would walk me across the field, and I had my own special desk in my late aunt Nettie Sue Swagerty’s classroom at Tanner, where she was a first grade teacher. 

 

I remember enjoying Aunt Nettie Sue’s daily instruction of reading and writing.  Having learned to read at the age of three, I really enjoyed the “synchronized reading” class as we read from the book, Ted and Sally. 

 

Another fond memory of Tanner that I have is of lunchtime. Nothing was more special than the real home-cooked meals prepared in the kitchen by some of the community’s best cooks.  Before every lunch meal, the entire class would have to “sing” our grace….

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