Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.
Students and teachers are headed back to the classroom! But for the first time in 45 years, I will not be among them. After a lifetime of going to school (30 years of that as a teacher), I have retired. Forty-five first days of school and lots of memories!
There was no public Pre-K or Kindergarten in the late 1960s. I attended a half-day First Baptist Church Kindergarten class taught by Betty Courtway, wife of Bob Courtway. Mr. Courtway was a member of the Conway School Board. Later the district named a middle school after him. Her enthusiasm for children and learning gave us all a good start. Continue reading