Help Preserve This One Room School

$620 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 22 months

     Around the end of the American Civil War a one-room school was built by West Michigan settlers. The South Evergreen School, District #7 of Polkton Township, served kindergarten through eighth grade school children for almost 100 years until its closing in 1959. Now around 150 years old, it is one of the last remaining one-room schoolhouses in the State of Michigan still retaining its original structure. The schoolhouse has been undergoing restoration to once again serve local residents and those who pass through this section of rural Ottawa County, Michigan.

The school is located on a peaceful, wooded site at the crossroads of Leonard Road and 88th Avenue near Coopersville, Michigan. What was a remote setting in the 1800's is now easily accessible via Leonard Road which follows the Grand River south of the property.

Once fully restored, the school will serve the community in serveral ways:

Local Historic Landmark
     One-room schools were primary gathering places for the community. They  were the site of holiday celebrations and picnics, school presentations and other activities. The school's rich history is woven into the family history of many generations of local residents. It allows future generations to remember a time in history that may be forgotten.

Cyclist Stop for Rest and Exploration
     Plans are to provide bicycle racks, drinking water, picnic tables and portable restroom facilities to serve the numerous cyclists that ride through this area. There is no other nearby location focused on serving these travelers.

Living History for School Children
     The school will be available for contemporary classes where school children will have an opportunity to imagine what it was like to attend a one-room school. It will be furnished with period desks, chairs, piano, books, woodstove and other furnishings consistent with what was used over its lenghthy lifetime. One of the school's original outhouses has been returned to the school and now sits on the property. The original belfry was restored in 2017 with an authentic school bell.

How You Can Help
• Please consider supporting the South Evergreen School Restoration Project with a donation.
• Contact us if you have one-room school artifacts, photos or stories you can contribute.
• Like us on Facebook, search South‐Evergreen‐Schoolhouse and share our story with your family and friends.

For more details, student stores and photos of the South Evergreen School and its restoration, visit

Thank you for reading our story. We appreciate your gift and for sharing this story with your friends and family.

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Have Spring Time. Please considering helping us achieve the goal to restore this historical landmark. You have read about Ruth the 106 lady who is the oldest surviving person to have attended this school. She was able to attend the pancake breakfast fund raiser a few weeks ago. She received a standing ovation which made her day. She visited with everyone who approached her. Two young girls came to the breakfast hoping to meet her. They are homeschooled so wanted to learn from her what it was like to attend this school.

The site has a bright future but needs your support. If we could get just a couple thousand people to donate $25.00, one weeks worth of Starbucks, we would reach our goal.

Please consider helping us show Ruth her school house restored and ready to serve the community once again. Thank You
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Ruth appeared on local news story. Please take a moment to watch her interview.
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$620 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 22 months
Created February 8, 2017
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Deb Noe Schakel
16 months ago

I can't be there at the OPEN is another contribution. I think 5th grade was the year I really saw my passion with history and storytelling. I'll do a family storytelling performance for you at an open house or event at the school.

20 months ago
Deborah Schakel
20 months ago

I went to South Evergreen in the last year, when it only had 5th grade class. We went into Coopersville school and them Derrick Bos, our bus driver, took the fifth grade class to South Evergreen. Mrs. Fynweaver was the school marm!

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