I got to hang out with Media Specialists and school board members over lunch.
At Baton Elementary, Linda Andrews went all out with a polio and BLUE related display.
After school, 2 media specialists, Annamarie Stuckey and Susan McFarland took me on an outing.
It was just my sort of adventure -
winding country roads which led to a historical spot.
Now the site belongs to a riding club. But...
Before economics forced a change, it was the site of 4-H Camp
The land was donated by a Caldwell County school principal, Luther Robinson, whose daughters got polio during the 1953 epidemic in Caldwell County. He wrote his heartbreaking but inspiring story in We Made Peace With Polio.
Many others in Caldwell County were affected by polio that year. So my visit is not just about BLUE and the 1944 epidemic. It's about the history of the students and their families. It's an honor to explore history with students in Caldwell County and I'm grateful to the Educational Foundation for sponsoring my visit!