Upon the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees accepting the donation of the Lower Valley School District #33, Northeast Lakeview College relocated the schoolhouse onto its 245-acre campus in February 2008. Placing it at the main entrance of the College on Kitty Hawk Road, plans are to restore the Lower Valley School as a living history museum in partnership with private donors from the community.
The Lower Valley School will again serve elementary children as the school will be designed as a field-trip destination where students will attend a day-long class taught as it would have been in the late-1800s. The experience will be complete with students dressing in period clothing, bringing their lunches in pails, and reading from traditional reading primers as well as playing early versions of schoolyard games.
Northeast Lakeview College is the 25th university or community college in the country—and is the first in Texas—to have an authentic rural schoolhouse on its campus. The schoolhouse has become a symbol of the deep commitment to education that is part of our American heritage.
Restoring the Lower Valley School will provide a number of benefits including:
- Celebrating the heritage of the people who settled the area in the early-to mid-1800s.
- Providing an example of Texans’ commitment to education over generations.
- Offering a venue that supports elementary school teachers with Texas history curriculum.
- Giving young students a positive introduction to a college campus.