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The School Bell Once Again Announces the Start of Class

As you drive down Baltzer Meyer Pike, you may see school children dressed in costumes of the 1800s marching into Harrold School #8. It is not your imagination. It is part of a unit of study featuring history and literature about life in the 1800s implemented by the Hempfield Area School District.

Kathy Volrath Schoolmarm

Kathy Volrath Schoolmarm (on right)

Baltzer Meyer Historical Society acquired the historic schoolhouse in 1996, and began renovating the building that same year. It has long been their goal to restore the building so that it could function as a museum, as well as a place for contemporary students to peek into the

.School children

Students saying the Pledge of Allegiance



During April and May, each of the twenty-three third-grade classes in the school district's six elementary schools will spend a full-day at the schoolhouse. The district has retained retired Hempfield teacher Kathy Volrath to serve as schoolmarm. The students' regular teachers accompany them to class.