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Uniontown family restores backyard schoolhouse

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© That school was District 134, also known as the Taufen School House. And students came from up to 2 miles away to attend school there between the years 1892 and 1938 © That school was District 134, also known as the Taufen School House. And students came from up to 2 miles away to attend school there between the years 1892 and 1938
UNIONTOWN, Wash. -

Savannah Chadwick knows what it's like to grow up in a small town, and in turn, go to a small school.

She is from the 300 person town of Uniontown, Washington and is one of just 15 senior students at Colton High School.

But even though her school is small, she knows that unfortunately, there's a big chance that it won't be standing forever.

"It's crazy to think that in 100 years, people would walk through the halls of Colton High School, and say oh, this is where people used to go to school," Savannah explained. "It's a big deal. I guess it's personal."

And that is why Savannah wanted to save the school standing in her own backyard - a school still standing on her family's farm.

That school was District 134, also known as the Taufen School House. And students came from up to 2 miles away to attend school there between the years 1892 and 1938.

"When you talk to someone who went to school here, it becomes important," said Savannah. "You see that this education was important...and that's how it got sparked.

Savannah, with the help of her family, especially her Grandma, Barb Meyer, completely restored this school house.

Barb had been watching the building deteriorate from her window for years.

"It was kind of always gnawing at me that it needed to be saved," said Barb, who spent a lot of time on eBay finding period pieces to fill the new and improved school.

Savannah and Barb sifted through old Census records and interviewed former students to get a good sense of what this school used to be like.

"A lot of people will think, that's a lot of work for what?" said Barb. But it is part of our heritage here in Southeast Whitman County."

And for these 2 women, this family affair of saving this school was a labor of love that now all of Uniontown can be proud of and enjoy.

"I think it's my way to give back to the community in a small, small way," said Savannah.

Grandma Barb, beaming with pride, agreed.

"I feel at peace when I come here," she said. "Finally, it's back together in here."

For more information about the school house restoration and the Taufen School House Scholarship you can visit their website: http://taufenschoolhouse.wordpress.com/

If you want to see the Taufen School House yourself, you can go to their Grand Reopening, on Sunday, September 14 from 1pm-4pm.

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