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UPDATED December 15, 2017. At last, we are delighted to report that following our most successful year of fundraising yet, we have met our development goals and now look forward to rebuilding Root Schoolhouse’s deteriorating foundation. Throughout the year we have been consulting with local professionals to prepare the best possible plan for the foundation repair, one that takes into account the building’s historic nature, the narrow and uneven lot, and the busy road. We also want a plan that leaves ourselves the flexibility to continue to improve this community resource, possibly by adding a septic system and parking spaces in the future. We don’t simply want to save the schoolhouse, we also want to see it being used by our community. Our goal is for both to happen in 2018. We invite you to help bring the schoolhouse back to life by supporting it with your time, talent, ideas and energy in 2018.  If you would like to join us, please call (802) 331-0677 or send an email to rootschoolhouse@gmail.com.    

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Root Schoolhouse in Norwich, Vermont is a one-room schoolhouse built in 1937 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.  The building was used as a school until 1945, then as a community center from 1952 to 2011, when it was closed for all public use due to its deteriorating foundation.  The Root District Game Club, caretakers and owners of the building since 1952 and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is working to save the schoolhouse and return it to public use.  Please join us!
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  1. Please make reservations for 2 at the Sunday Root documentary showing in Wilder.
    Emily Kletzien and Bruce Findley —230-432-9185

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  2. I believe my great aunt, Eunice Goldie Fifield Gilman, was a teacher at the Root School. She boarded in Norwich in 1930, married my great uncle, Lee Gilman in 1935. They lived all there married life on the Gilman farm on the Turnpike Road in Norwich.
    I have in my possession a postcard that was with my grandmother, Ruth Gilman White’s, small collection of items that was passed on to me. The picture is of a teacher with 11 children in front of the schoolhouse.
    My thought is two-fold. Can you confirm that she was a teacher there and if you don’t already have a copy of this particular postcard I would like to donate it so we need to know who to contact. Polly Lee O’Neill Dickinson (my mother was Ruth Gilman’s daughter) home phone # is 603-632-4171

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