Former Students Talk About Balfour

Fondest Balfour Memories

Balfour Bulldog Here are some great Balfour memories from former students:

 
1. Hi my name is Andrea Cox Underwood (work at Asheboro High School and I attended Balfour Elementary school). My mom attended Balfour Elementary and also my sons, husband and sister and cousins and other family members. It is a very important part of our lives and we all have stories to tell.
-My biggest memory is knowing that my mom was there as a volunteer nurse on Thursdays and that I could get out of class to visit her and I could eat at the special table, with my mom and other teachers and administrators. Most of the time it would be the green bologna, a patty of mash potatoes or grits and green peas. It was a set lunch meal usually.
 -The class plays that each student got to participate in and have your parents come in and support you and your class. Teachers gave out solo parts and we got to get on the stage dressed up as certain characters  and feel like stars for just a few minutes with an audience.
 -Mr. Hogsed was my principal while I attended Balfour Elementary and he looked like a giant to me and that would make us all want to behave and not get sent to the office. The way we all knew each other and seemed like a family oriented school that when someone did get in trouble we all knew it and the parents of that student was ready to deal with the problem once they got home or picked up.
-PTA meetings was a time to socialize with all teachers, and parents that were not in your class and it seemed like a family reunion. We would plan and carry out fun activities such as carnivals, candy sells, teacher appreciation meals, and fun days.  
-Ms. Brookbank was the teacher we all dreaded and my husband, my sister and I all had her and did survive. She was strict and made being in a split class very interesting how she kept all of us on her spell and we all learned a lot because she had the respect from all of the students to know to behave. We had to sit with one 4th grader behind each 5th grader so you knew to look up to your older classmates. She always said what she meant and followed thru if you did not believe her.
-Teachers that I remember having was Mrs. Davis, Ms. Gray, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Keeter, Mrs. Morton, Mrs. Moser, Mrs. Routh, and librarian Mrs. Cheek.
Those were the good times and my family generations that have attended ( the old) Balfour Elementary School probably have lots of stories to tell. So thanks for taking this project on and I hope that it will be a big anniversary party for all to attend. AU J

2.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 4/3/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?: Autobiography Tea in 3rd Grade

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: Mrs. Routh

3.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 3/23/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?: christmas play

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: nannie morton

4.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 10/24/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?: Having class outside while learning in Art class, how to draw a tree.

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: Mrs. Vick

5.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 3/22/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?: chapel shows, chorus, being in 5th grade in Mrs. Brookbank's quonset (sp?) hut (she read to us from a novel every day after lunch. We were supposed to rest but I always loved the stories - I still love to read!

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: Mrs. Brookbank

6.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 3/22/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?: I started Balfour in the 6th grade   and was immediately accepted as a Balfour Bum.  Balfour represented all that was/is good in an elementary school;teachers who cared about each child, students who were accepting of others; and hot meals in the cafeteria daily, prepared by women who were proud to serve hot roll, fresh meats, vegetables, and deserts to each child.  At a recent 45th HS reunion the Balfour Bums insisted on a group photo to show our pride in being one.  Although I was educated in many schools and universities my friendships from Balfour remain the most powerful.  The people were the best...I wish every child could have such a positive educational experience.

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: Ida Lee Wiles..unforgettable woman.  She made every student feel important, wanted and special.  A rare gift in education.

7.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 3/21/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?:  Going to lunch at McDonald's with Dr. Jones (principal) for making honor roll.

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: Mrs. Coltrane

8.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 2/14/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?: the carnivals

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: Mrs. Ford


9.  The following was submitted to Balfour Favorite Memories on 2/9/2011:

What is your fondest memory of Balfour?: Geocaching!

Who was your favorite teacher at Balfour?: Mrs. Faulkner

10.  I worked on a mural when I was a student at the old Balfour School around 1963-1964 (4tth or 5th grade).  This mural was hung in the main hall and was a mural of Heidi, her grandfather and a goat on a mountain (if my memory serves me right).  I remember being involved in the drawing and all of us on the floor placing the mosaic tiles onto the board.  I wondered about what happened to it when the new school was built.  If you still have it, I would love to come by one afternoon and see it and take a few pictures.
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> Thanks,
> Cathy Millikan




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