Every second Saturday of the month a volunteer group called The Friends of the Plaza, gives tours of the Plaza and the Curley School. At first, Joan and I were thinking nah!- but then we thought -yeah!- why not?- it could be interesting, and we would know a little more about our chosen winter haven.
Next we moved up the street from the plaza to the old community school building
The Curley School was named for the mine Supervisor at the time, Mike Curley.
The multi-purpose room in the center of the school has been renovated and is available for community events.
As you can see here the play ground has been turned into a community garden space. The elementary school building shown above is the last to be renovated. The roof has been refurbished and now workers are going through the classrooms one by one. This area will become part of a proposed convention center, adding another draw to this small desert town.
Everywhere throughout the campus, we saw expressions of art- this mural was 100 feet long.
The School went through several changes over the years. It started out as all grades taught in the same building, then as the class sizes got larger the school expanded into two more buildings on the same campus.
One addition housed the middle school-
Several other buildings on campus have been utilized- one as a pottery studio complete with throwing wheels, extruding dies, and several kilns. In the other end of the same building is a community wood shop, that has a table saw, band saw, planer, jointer, miter saw, sturdy project tables, and numerous hand tools. There is also a separate gymnasium building that has just been renovated and is owned by Pima County.
Your Traveling Friends
Jeff and Joan