In the small town of Morrison, the school is the center, the very heart of the community.
In spring 2013, the Morrison folks proved their unfailing support of the school by approving, in a landslide vote, funds for a new elementary school.
There were 285 yes votes, only 37 against – 89.4 percent affirmative.
Superintendent Jay Vernon was delighted, but not surprised. He relates, “We’re in a community that really supports education and wants the best facility. It’s a forward-thinking community.”
The new elementary site is located on the south side of State Highway 64, west of the football field and events center.
The steel framework has been set up in the past few weeks; it’s beginning to take on a skeletal form of the actual building plan.
Vernon expects the elementary will open its doors for the 2015-2016 school year.
The new school is 40,000 square feet, accommodating up to 600 students, allowing for future growth.
Quite a large number of Morrison alumni, including Vernon, return to their hometown to raise their children in Morrison schools.
Another recent improvement on the campus is the Morrison Events Center on the south side of State Highway 64.
This state-of-the-art auditorium and gymnasium has been used for everything from graduations to band concerts to basketball games.
Other school news of the month of October includes Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6-10). The various grades read books and viewed programs on fire safety. Firefighters from the Morrison and Sumner Volunteer Fire departments came and lectured the children about fire safety and answered questions.
The youngsters were allowed to assist the firefighters with spraying hoses, much to the children’s delight.
Without a doubt there were some new aspiring future firefighters in the crowd!
The evening of Oct. 9, Morrison Elementary School held its annual school carnival, the elementary school’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
The carnival featured many traditional games such as cupcake walk and miniature golf and a bouncy-house.
There were raffles for gift baskets and a lively game of bingo.
The tally is not in yet, but the proceeds go toward school supplies for teachers and students.
On Oct. 15, Stillwater children’s author Debra Higgins visited the elementary grades and distributed free copies of her most recent book, Tick-tock, Tick-tock. Higgins is a member of the Stillwater Altrusa Club, a service organization that promotes literacy, especially in small communities in the Stillwater area.
For a town of about 750, it is remarkable how there is always something going on in Morrison, most often at the schools.
Amy Keith lives near and writes about the town of Morrison.