It is with much enthusiasm and excitement that the Belden School Preservation Committee (BSPC) reports that students have returned to Belden School! The first group of students to come to Belden for instruction since 1943 included two first graders and eight fifth graders. The group, from Lincoln Elementary School, traveled from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, to spend Saturday morning learning about a one-room schoolhouse experience of 1936. Schoolmarm, Pat Harte-Naus, conducted reading lessons, arithmetic sessions, elocution activities, and a spelling bee.
The next group to attend a learning session at Belden School was a local group. Scales Mound Elementary School fifth grade students, accompanied by their teachers Vicky Ehrler and Angie Winter, visited Belden and were able to spend time experiencing and enjoying Belden’s past and present. BSPC docents assisted the students as they noted the at-tributes of Belden as compared to their school and then noted the similarities. Math and spelling were part of the curriculum during their visit. Recess by the creek was again a big draw for the students.
Belden School Preservation Committee has extended invitations to the three local school districts to visit Belden School. There is no charge for local school groups. A curriculum has been de-veloped and the BSPC is happy to say that little Belden is once again ready to teach large lessons.Belden School is open to the public on the first and third Saturday of each month, July through October. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m.