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[ THE MALAKOFF NEWS Page Four Friday, Feb. 16, 1968 Malakoff, Texas By Paul MeAfee TSTA (EDITOR'~ NOTE: The one teacher school, once a fixture in American education, has al- most disappeared. Only a few remain in Texas. One of them is in Pandale, a "mini village" tucked away in the isolated splendor of Val Verde County ranchng county. This is the interesting story of Pandale School, its dedicated teacher and her student body of five children.) PANDALE -- A battered, handmade sign nailed to a pair of rugged cedar posts pro- claims this little Southwest Texas town's vital statistics. It says: "Pandale, Tex. City Limits. Populati5n Varies." One of the population is Mrs. J. D. Forester, the only teacher in Pandale's one classroom school. She has five punils which account for the entire student body although the school is set uo to teach eight grades. Two of the pupils are in the first grade, one is in the second, another in the fourth and the other in the seventh. Mrs. Forester can stand on the porch of the tiny school and see every other building irr town. There is the two-story ranch house of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mills, Jr but they m0cnd most of their time in Del Rio. And there is the store which is run by A1 Mills, brother of Henry. A stark windmill stands guard. There is one other structure in town. That is the wee housetrailer Mrs. Forester lives in five days e week. On week-ends she ,ne~, to her permanent home in De] Rio. 70 rugged miles away. The population of Pandale does varT -- going from as many as maybe four clear down to almost nobody. But the town really fills up on school days. That's when the five Velasquez children, come to school. They are sons and daughters of a man who works on the Bunger Ranch Forester and the Pandale School is up against you have to know something about the country. It is hilly, near- mountainous land on which nothing much grows except scrub cedars, wiry bushes that squat low, a little grass and plenty of rocks. Not far from Pandale is the Pecos, a wild little riverlet that has cut a path of stun- ning beauty out of the exposed rock. Sometimes the Pecos is more wild than little, like the time in 1954 when it came out of its banks, wiping out the school. Thirty miles south of Pan- dale is the bygone hamlet of Langtry, virtually a metropolis compared to Pandale. Langtry has a school with TWO teach- ers and a name in history, thanks to the antics of Judge Roy Bean and his "Law West of the Pecos." The road between Pandale and Langtry is little more than a couple of ruts which dip low into the canyons and rise high across the lonesome, tor- mented beauty of the hills. Ranchers in this wide country raise mostly sheep. For the most part there is nothing but miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles, a long way off .from everything. But the people here -- what few there are -- love their land. One of the ranchers around is Larry Arledge who might have stepncd out of the cast of a John Wayne western. He is presiden~ of the three- man Pandale school boqrd. He has lived here since 1911 and is as much a part of the land as any living thing on it. Mrs. Forester is in her sec- ond year of teaching at Pan- dale. She is a dedicated teach- er and brags about the pro- gress of her students, : al- though she worries that Espe- ranza, who is 16 and in the seventh grade, may quit school. Es,~eranza is obviously be- which is five miles from school, hind her age group in school. somewhere up in the hills. If she continued at the rate of To get an idea what Mrs. one grade per year, she would be 21 or 22 when she received registered with Joe. "He's be- come very interested with go- ing on in school and to col- lege." She says Joe wants to be an interpreter. Besides Joe and Esperanza, there is Gloria who is 8 and in the second grade and Mary, 6, and Linda, 7, both in the first ~,rade. Little Mary can't speak English. She is like Linda was last year, but Mrs. Forester says Linda has made great pro- gress and is now "the best reader in the class." How did Mrs. Forester, who dosen't speak Spanish, ever teach Linda to read English ? "Heavens I don't know," sighs the teacher. "I started her out using flash cards to teach a few words and she just came along." Mrs. Forester, a veteran, teacher, says she does not have a college degree. But what- ever she may lack there seems to be made up in commitment to her task of teaching chil- dren. For she has evidently sparked in the Velasquez chil- dren the innate curosity pos- sessed by all children. The teacher is human, of course, and realistic, as well. She is afraid that the Velas- quez children may never have the opportunity to go on in school beyond what is offered at Pandale. And for her per- sonally the task at the little school is not easy. She makes no mention of it but it is obvious that Pandale lacks much in the way of mo- dern school needs. The only al)parent teaching aid for the geography lessons she gives Esperanza and Joe is a small globe, about the size of a grapefruit. New York and Rome, but, of course, not Pan- dale are shown on the globe. But Mrs. Forester's dedica- tion makes up for some of this lack. "They had never heard of Spain and Portugal nor how Columbns discovered America and so they have become very interested," she says. Mrs. Firester is happy that she can innovate and exneri- ed teacher and such is life at Pandale which is a long way off from any-~'here. 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Furtherinformation concerning this application may be obtained by writing the Texas Water Quality Board at the above address. a high school diploma, about ment to discover the best : ,tar.yk~l.ISrA/ the same age when some teaching formula for the five ' 'i I ~.~'%X, ~'a"~" "'r~ youngsters are graduating Velasquez children. I ! ~ ~ from college. But it does t keep her from The othpr children are some- getting lonesome at Pan'ale. what enthusiastic. Joe, the "Is it lonesome out here," only boy in the school, is 14 she replies in answer tothe A REAL VALUE and he's in the fourth grade, question, give winter "I preach to them about the"It's the quietness --you clothes a Regular $219.95 WORLD[S FAIR hoe, for ~etting a good edu- can hear a pin drop and some- Three Piece Viny SAN A TON]O cation,' Mrs. Forester says. times it gets so quiet you can lift,I Pretty7PiececouchVinyl Her urgings have apparently hear the mountains talking to Swivel Rocker APR.6LIICT.6 each other." 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