Sheldon, Iowa — A lot of volunteer work on an old country school building in Sheldon is drawing to a close, and a ribbon cutting is being held to celebrate.
The Baker Township School was moved to Sheldon from its home in Baker Township, south of Sheldon in July of 2015. Much work has been completed on the building and those in charge say while there’s still some work to be done, they’re now ready to cut the ribbon. Colleen Lemkuil, who is one of the people in charge, tells us that Sheldon mayor and Prairie Arts Council Board Member Katricia Meendering will speak at the ribbon cutting, scheduled for this Friday, October 13th.
Lemkuil says that the sweets that will be served that day have a special connection to the school.
She tells some of the things that have been going on in regard to the schoolhouse.
The one-room schoolhouse built in 1936 was the #5 school in Baker Township, the Center School and the voting place for the township that had no towns for many years. The ribbon cutting and open house will showcase the restoration effort, including the updated restrooms, library, kitchen and the basement classroom for the Children’s Kids Art Club — The Picasso Club.
The Ribbon Cutting will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m on Friday at the Prairie Heritage Center. That’s at 1423 Park Street, (on Highway 18) in Sheldon, between Shopko and the east Casey’s. Lemkuil says Shopko has graciously said that people attending the event can park on their lot.