The first school buses were wagons pulled by tractors. The Bland County School Board would pay farmers to do this. Before this, students would just walk to school. There were one room schools up every holler, but Bland County, like the rest of America, bowed to the relentless rush to consolidate them into history. Today, there are only two high schools and two elementary schools left and their continued existence is questionable.
Parke Bogle has kindly shared a letter concerning early Bland County Schools.
All we know about this photograph below is what some mother wrote on the back. It was one of those red letter days, a rite of passage in every family. "I took this the morning Myrl started to school. He was in such a hurry he could hardly wait and keep still for me."