Readers share memories from Pleasant Valley School building
Staff | Beacon
COSHOCTON – Th e Pleasant Valley School building served
children for many years before being torn down this
Th e former site of the school was purchased in 1948 and
the building was built for just $135,000. It opened on Nov.
6, 1949 with 210 students. Additions to the school were
made in 1956 after a bond issue for $100,000 was passed
Students walked the halls for 40 years before the build-
ing was closed in 1989 by the River View Local School
District. After that, Rainbow childcare facility operated
out of the building and then it was used by Head Start
before River View sold it.
Th e following are memories readers shared about
Pam Grace: I went there from ﬁ rst to seventh grade. Re-
cess was always fun, make believe near the creek behind
the school, games played on the upper ﬁ eld, going to my
grandma's after school (across the creek). Cafeteria food
was delicious, great cooks. Friends made then are still
friends today. Loved Pleasant Valley School! Sorry to see it
go, but that's the end of an era.
Ti Kae: Some of the best years of my early childhood
education career happened in that building. I made
friends in Coshocton County because of working there.
I will forever cherish my memories working at Rainbow,
the Early Learning Initiative Program, and Early Head
Start in the old Pleasant Valley School.
Cheryl Clark Kuhn: I attended Pleasant Valley School
from ﬁ rst through eighth grade (1954-1962). Lots of mem-
Contributed | Beacon
Pleasant Valley School student John McCormick is pic-
tured with teacher Mrs. Grob at the school in 1960.
ories! We had a reunion of classmates and teachers there
two years ago and got to tour the school.
Belva Lauvray: A terriﬁ c/fantastic Rainbow preschool
teacher Suzanne Bowen had my son running into school
every day and he was so upset if he couldn’t attend.
JeanAnn Dunlap: I went there ﬁ rst through ﬁ fth grade.
We lived on 541 (Cambridge Road). When the city water
came to us it changed the school district. I had to start
sixth grade at Coshocton Middle School. It was a big
culture shock! I went from one class of each grade to six to
Josie Sellers | Beacon
The Pleasant Valley School building served the commu-
nity in several ways for many years before being torn
down this spring.
nine classes of each grade! Many, many great memories
at Pleasant Valley!
Catrisha Tittle: I remember when it closed and some of
the overfl ow went to Keene. I was just little, but talk about
sad kids. Also, years later it became my daycare called
Rainbow. I remember catching tadpoles in the little creek
behind it and playing kickball in the open ﬁ eld next to it
while there during the summers.
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