Dear Alumni and other Friends, July 9, 2012
You are invited to our OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 16 at 4:00-6:00. Please come HOME for a visit! You will love seeing the shiny classroom and dining room floors! Our beautiful Campus is coming back to life, and I think you will be proud, as our beloved Patterson School has begun her newest metamorphosis in her long history of changes.
Having originated as St. Paul’s School in Morganton prior to the Patterson property (Palmyra Plantation) becoming available, the name was changed to “Patterson Agriculture School for Boys” when St. Paul’s moved to Palmyra in 1909, and the focus was agriculture until the late 1960s when student farming ceased. In 1972, Patterson School for Boys began accepting non-boarding girls and the “for Boys” had to be dropped from the name. In 1982, she began boarding girls. In 1991, the name was changed to “The Morgan School at Patterson Preserve.” In 1994, Morgan closed and Patterson School Foundation, Inc. was formed to buy the property. After one year of re-organizing, PSF re-opened as The Patterson School, Inc.. And more recently, to everyone’s regret, TPS closed May 26, 2009–her Centennial Year.
Now, however, there is activity all over the Campus. All the houses are occupied, the Chapel is “Patterson Reborn Community Church,” Wiese Hall will be housing Moravian Prep (a Christian post-grad program under Jenny & Jeremy Ellis) in September, and Patterson Science Center will officially open in August.
Through an eight-year lease with Caldwell County Schools, a S.T.E.A.M. program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) is being established as “Patterson Science Center” on our Campus. Already, a group of 12 kids, known as “Caldwell Green Kids” has been using the Campus some this summer for their scientific explorations. All comments have been favorable, from both students and their teachers.
Come August, the Director, Mrs. Amy Bradley, and an assistant will be hosting different Caldwell County School classes on a daily basis. Approximately fifty (50) students and their teachers will spend the day on Campus under Mrs. Bradley’s tutorage. The classes will be held in Stoney Science Hall, but the primary classroom will be our “great outdoors:” Ripshin Ridge, the Yadkin River, Buffalo Creek, etc..
Caldwell County Schools are leasing Van Noppen and Hickory Halls in addition to Stoney Science. The classrooms are for their exclusive use, but they will primarily be using Hickory Hall only at lunchtime, so Hickory Hall will be available to others also (e.g. wedding receptions).
The floors have a brilliant shine in all these buildings, and that alone makes a huge difference. Stoney Science has been extensively rehabilitated. Most noticeably, a ramp has been added for access to the second storey. There are new faucets, and some painting has been done. Also, all the ceiling tiles in Stoney and in Van Noppen have been replaced. (For those of you who painted the former tiles in art class, we have saved them for some future use.)
You will see other improvements around Campus as well, but we truly want you to COME HOME to the Patterson Science Center’s Open House that is being held August 16 (a Thursday) from 4:00 to 6:00. Bring the family too!
Last year Frank Williams and I prepared Campus for the Annual Reunion, but only a very few came (7, counting us & spouses). It may have been our last one, as we’re not getting any younger, Frank lives so far away, and I just can’t continue since so many other groups are now involved and I have to handle the additional paperwork, etc.. We can’t offer rooms in the dorm, but there are nice hotels in Lenoir and Blowing Rock where you can stay if the drive is too much for a day trip–It could be almost like a Reunion for this year.
Again, put August 16, 4-6 PM on your calendar and come Home for a nice visit!
Janet H. Spoon, PSF Secretary/Acting Treasurer
PS: Jim Hogan is still paying most of the mortgage and other necessary obligations, and these leases have taken a bit of pressure off him, but there is always something else that develops and has to be paid as well. This month it was Gard Hall’s roof–and the month has just begun. PSF is still a non-profit, 501 c (3) if anyone wants to assist financially on these efforts. (PO Box 500, Patterson, NC 28551-0500).
PS: Here are some recent pictures from around our campus,
Stoney Science Hall with Ramp
Hickory Hall Dining Room
Chemistry Lab, Stoney Science Hall