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Mike Watson: Grateful to teachers who influenced my life

Adair County's Historian recalls teachers from Sparksvile Grade Center days, with a long list, by name, beginning with 'one of the sweetest ladies' - Mrs Edra Sparks Page. "We all loved Miss Edra," he writes. - MIKE WATSON
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By Mike Watson

The coming week, May 7-11, is national Teacher Appreciation Week. I would be remiss not to thank all the wonderful men and women who greatly influenced my life from the fronts of classrooms from 1965 through, well, the present year.

Sparksville Grade Center replaced one and two room schools in the southern portion of Adair County. With the coming of summer, 1965, I found myself a kindergarten student there, and immediately after in the first grade classroom of one of the sweetest ladies, Mrs. Edra Sparks Page. We all loved "Miss Edra"!

I hesitate an attempt to name all the wonderful grade school teachers at Sparksville, K-8, but here are those who made a lasting impression on me:

Mrs. Edra Page, Miss Marie Collins, Mrs. Margie Coffey, Mrs. Louise Gowen, Mrs. Ruth Thomas, Mrs. Sallie Akin, Mrs. Sue Lacy, Mrs. Mary Houston Paxton, Mrs. Coa Jane Keen Phipps, Mrs. Bettie Jean Moseley, Mrs. Rita Rich Rowe, Mr. Gid Alley, Mr. Gaylon Yarberry, Mr. Bernie Paxton, Mr. Philip Keltner, Mr. Gary Curry; as well as non-classroom v.i.p.s: Mr. L.W. Cole, Mr. Joe Janes, Mrs. Julia Coffey Bell, Mrs. Jessie Janes, Mrs. Loretta Fletcher, Mr. Sellie Reese, and Glen England. My class graduated SGC 44 years ago this month. My sincere apologies to anyone left off this list.

Graduation from Sparksville meant Adair County High was our future home base. High school was a scary step for those of us who had spent our educational career in a small building and with a finite group of friends. We survived the rigors of a new school, many new faces, class changes, and lugging textbooks, but took comfort that we had kind faces in classrooms for the next four years. - MIKE WATSON

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Mike Watson remembers Sparksville Grade Center

2018-05-06 - Sparksville, KY - Photo submitted by Mike Watson.
The photograph included is that of Sparksville from a few years ago, borrowed from the face-book group 'Sparksville Grade Center.' - MIKE WATSON

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Mike Watson: Sparksville was home of the Sparksville Raiders

2018-05-06 - Sparksville, Adair County, KY - Photo submitted by Mike Watson.
A remnant of those early years is illustrated by the photo of a sweatshirt with the then school logo: Sparksville Raiders, dating from 1968 or 1969. - MIKE WATSON

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