A small town is suddenly deprived of its elementary school. Citizens rallied to find out how they could get their school back. This story documents their successful efforts, and it details how other communities in a similar condition might prevail by overcoming severe roadblocks. It is an uplifting tale of human courage. The author once attended school in the tiny village of Saint Helen. Years later he retired to his old hometown. He learned to love the inhabitants, and he has come to love the spirit of his neighbors. It was this spirituality that caused us to prevail.
When I was very young my favorite bedtime story was LITTLE TOOT THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD. I recalled that when Little Toot arrived at the station with his load in tact that he was very proud of his accomplishment.
We the citizens of Saint Helen, found ourselves in a real bind. We had lost our school thru consolidation and we wanted our school back. We could not let our town die so we set out to accomplish the great task of getting a school back in this community. Our hometown hero is Charlton Heston. Our new charter school is named The Charlton Heston Academy.
Joseph Roush taught school for forty-five years in Indiana and Michigan. After retirement, he used some of his talent to write four books. The Little Town That Could is his last effort. He was a father of three sons, an elementary school teacher, a junior high school coach, and later a school board member.
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