School Days – SOCS – Element


School Days – SOCS – Element


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “element.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!


The only thing I’m thinking about for this prompt is the elementary school I went to as a kid. I went there from pre-school through the 6th grade.

The name of the school was Arnett Elementary, and was in our neighborhood. The mascot was an antelope. It was a really good school, I always thought, but now it is closed down. I don’t know why, except maybe there just aren’t many kids that live around there anymore, as it is a very old neighborhood, and everyone’s kids have grown up and left.

I, along with most all my classmates walked to school. I remember it was 8 blocks from my house. We’d have our set routine of route along the way, meeting up with others along the way.

We all knew everyone out in our neighborhood addition, and everyone’s houses. There was one house we all knew was a witch’s house. It was scary going by there even in the daytime. Her overgrown yard of plants, vines, and trees looked spooky, and she had lots of scary wooden masks hanging from the branches.

We never had playground equipment like swings or jungle gyms. I remember one PTA meeting where the parents voted against that, and instead planted some trees instead. Little tiny trees, which after many years did grow bigger. But still, we wanted a playground. What we had was dried up grass and dirt. But we did invent games to play out there. Oh well. Still fond memories of the students/friends and teachers. Every year there would be a Halloween carnival held in the whole school. That was fun.

There is still a FB group I read comprised of all of us that went to school there so many years ago. 🙂


Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2022 BS

9 responses »

    • Thanks, Willow! Glad you liked reading. I do have good memories of my school days back then. Then after elementary school we all went on to Jr. High and High School together. It is nice to still be in touch. 🙂


  1. When I first started kindergarten, there were about ten different elementary schools in my city. A few weeks into third grade, they closed several of them down suddenly, and my class grew by a handful of kids. Then my school closed down two years after I’d moved on to junior high and was torn down a year later. There’s only three elementary schools left here now, which is hard to believe… and I think my former school is the only one that’s completely gone (it was made into a small park).


    • Thanks, Bill! I guess the school districts have their reasons for closing down schools. Populations change and cities grow or shrink in different directions. We have a lot of schools here, and they are always changing something or other. 🙂


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