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The December wind whistles its way through  Forest Grove School. Old age has caught up with this former one room country school near Bettendorf.

However, a local group is determined to preserve this significant piece of Scott County History. The Forest Grove School Preservation owns the building. Volunteer laborers have helped to build a new, block foundation. The goal is to restore the school to the way it looked decades ago. The cost to do that could be $250,000.  

Forest Grove opened in 1873 and still sits on its original site. The idea is to renovate the school as a museum. Visitors would get a taste of what education was like when thousands of one room schools dotted the Iowa landscape years ago.

So far, about $35,000 has been raised for restoration. The roof on the school is in rough shape, and the inside of the building is not very stable.

Forest Grove closed in 1957. Volunteer Sharon Andresen is confident that in time, the school will shine again. It will become a symbol of Iowa pride. A school that will remain on its original site. A place Andresen says, where students went and their stories happened.  

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