Friday, November 6, 2015

One-room school house in Duette hosts fall festival Saturday, Nov. 7

Donna King at Duette Elementary School. Herald file photo

DUETTE -- Donna King, the longtime principal of Duette Elementary, is back in the classroom of the one-teacher schoolhouse again this year, and loving it.

The public has an opportunity to learn why King loves the school and its students so much by attending the 2015 Duette Elementary Fall Festival noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.

Planned at the school, which originally opened in 1930 at 40755 State Road 62, are tours, food (hamburgers, hot dogs, fried green tomatoes, nachos, and barbecue sandwiches), crafters, and folk singer JD Lewis.

There will also be an auction at 2 p.m. with tickets to Disney, Sea World, Dinosaur World, and more up for bid. Other bid items include bikes, restaurant gift certificates, and a fishing trip.

Duette Elementary is Florida's last one-room school.

This year, the school has an enrollment of 11, and  Keen says she is retiring after this year.

"I really am retiring but no one believes it," said the 67-year-old cancer survivor.

For more information call 941-721-6674.
Duette Elementary School. Herald file photo