Cox Bar School Visit

When I was 8-years-old I moved from Hoopa to Burnt Ranch, CA. The entire school, K-8, only had 48 students at the time. I was in 3rd grade and it only had five students. The school grew to over 60 by the time I exited 8th grade. I’m especially happy to make school visits to small schools in rural areas.

Sometimes we do science experiments related to my books and other times we read stories or do art projects. This visit was all about the stories.

Cox Bar Elementary is only about 15 miles from Burnt Ranch, and about 40 miles from Hoopa. I’ve made a few visits over the years. This year, the school has fewer than 15 students. The kids were pretty excited to know I grew up so close to where they live.

Taking questions from the kids mostly about roadkill and vultures.

Taking questions from the kids, mostly about roadkill and vultures.

Reading "Buddy, the Wayward Wolverine" and talking about animals native to the Cox Bar School area.

Reading “Buddy, the Wayward Wolverine” and talking about animals native to the Cox Bar School area.

Reading "No Place for Ugly Birds" and talking about Turkey Vultures.

Reading “No Place for Ugly Birds” and talking about turkey vultures.

15 thoughts on “Cox Bar School Visit

  1. I, too, attended a small rural school in the log woods. It was the early ’50s, in a lumber camp called Happy Jack in the ponderosa Pine Forest of Northern Arizona. Eight grades, two rooms, two teachers, and two outhouses. School during summer, as camp was closed during winter. That was third through sixth grades. When I reached seventh grade, the school was closed, and we were bussed 90 miles a day, into Flagstaff. Much preferred the small school! The good old days. Thanks for the memories.

      • Love it! We pulled our boys out when the eldest was half way through kindergarten. We didn’t leave school, just went in a different direction. They are now 27 & 28 years of age. Both wonderful young men.
        I really like the term “hackschooling” and see my son and daughter-in-law applying this for their kids and thus enriching their traditional education.

        This is why I visit schools. Thank you for sharing!

  2. We visit a small school in a small town near Glen Rose. Pre-K thru 12th grade. I love going there. It’s a great little school community. The big kids take care of the little kids and the little kids look up to the big kids. A fun place to be.

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