Story and photos by RODNEY D. BOAM
Wednesday, Aug.17, was the first day of school for the elementary school students in Thatcher, Idaho. Some say theirs is the forgotten school, a school in the Caribou County School District, but part of Franklin County, about 25 miles from Preston. It is set in a scenic area along the banks of the Bear River with hay and grain fields, separated in areas with blackish-gray volcanic lava rock.
This year there are 47 students, down from last year’s 80 students which took up five of the six classrooms. One was turned into a library a few years ago. This year they are using three classrooms for the first, second and third grade students who are attending Thatcher’s Central High School built in 1923. (See the full story in The Preston Citizen.)
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