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Community celebrates reopening of historic schoolhouse

Angeles Barrios

Special to the Village News

After being closed for more than 80 years, Fallbrook’s historic Reche Schoolhouse celebrated its grand reopening on Sept. 17. The Fallbrook Historical Society helped bring community members together to celebrate the renewal and commemoration of this historic, one-room school.

Reche Schoolhouse is one of the oldest buildings in Fallbrook and the first school ever built in the community. From the wooden floors, to the chalkboards on the wall, the community members got a taste of how Reche Schoolhouse got started.

Senator Joel Anderson provided a Senate certificate of recognition to commemorate this special occasion and issued the following statement: “I am honored to recognize this special day and the dedication of the community members volunteering their time and talents to keep Fallbrook’s history alive.”

One of the original students, Ila Driver, came to relive memories of attending the third grade at this school in 1926-1927. She shared, “I will never forget one day I missed school for having the flu. My two brothers came back from school and bragged about how they gave out hot chocolate. Both of them promised I would get mine. I am still waiting for that hot chocolate till this day.”

Fallbrook Historical Society president Roy Moosa surprised Rivers with the hot chocolate she was promised. Moosa noted that this reopening will give the Fallbrook community a “sense of pride. When you know your history, you tend to walk a little taller (and) be more proud of who you are”.

The history in each community is what makes it unique and special in its own way; preserving it is a gift for future generations.\

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