After two years of effort, the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society has received a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council to develop a directory about one-room schoolhouses around the country. The star of the book will, of course, be the Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona in Strawberry.
Grace Schoerner and Strawberry resident Mike Anderson will write the book.
P-S Historical Society president Melvin Van Vorst said he began campaigning for the directory two years ago after receiving repeated requests from visitors for information about other schoolhouses in the country.
Van Vorst said his goal is to feature the Strawberry Schoolhouse on the cover of the book.
The Baptist Builders will honor Lee and Bonnie McClanahan at Pine's Church on Randall Place with a McClanahan Day starting at 3 p.m. Sunday March 26.
Lee and Bonnie have helped establish more than 50 churches throughout the Southwest and have made Pine their home for many years. Everyone is welcome, and anyone with pictures or loving memories of the McClanahans are asked to bring them to share. For more information, call Pastor Jerry Green at 472-8178.
Tickets have been printed and are for sale for the April 1 dinner/dance hosted by the Pine-Strawberry Class of 2000. Be their guest for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and stay for the rocking sounds of Howling Tommy and his Phoenix Coyote Band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $8 per person for the dinner and the dance, or $5 for dinner and $5 for the dance. You can buy tickets from any eighth-grade student or at the school office.
The money raised during the event will help pay for a three-day trip to San Diego, Calif. through a YMCA educational program for this year's outstanding bunch of eighth-graders.
There also is an on-going raffle that you can be a part of. For just $1 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5, you will have a chance at winning a complete home computer system. Other prizes include a VCR and gift certificates from local businesses.
The drawing will be held at the Phoenix Coyote's dinner/dance April 1.
You need not be present to win. Help our eighth-graders reach their goal by purchasing
tickets at the Strawberry Market, Uncle Tom's Kwik Stop, Payson Concrete and Cool Pines Cafe.