Alumni working to save Lincoln School

There's some excitement in the air in Vandalia Missouri.

Excitement in the way of how one group is moving forward in trying to save the old Lincoln School.

That one group is
the alumni of the school who want to bring the old school back to life and turn it into a multi cultural center.

Joyce Holman remembers her days of attending Lincoln School back in the 1950's. And she also remembers Chuck Overton as well. He got his musical start at Lincoln School. Overton and Holman are just a couple of the people who attended Lincoln School and are now working to bring it back to life. Holman said she has plenty of memories from when she was a student. In fact, the school dates back to the 1920's and it has touched many lives.

"Yes it does, I was a first grade student here and I was in the very last class to attend this school and every time I walk into this building I feel like I'm getting a hug," said Holman.

The old Lincoln school is one of the last segregated schools that's still standing in the area. Overton and Holman have worked together along with the non profit group to get the school renovated and serve as a piece of Vandalia history. In fact you can still see parts of the old classrooms. It's been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1997.

"Well I started school here from the first grade on and got my foundation for education and work ethic here, and started learning music here when I learned to play the piano and learned to sing," said Overton.

If you would like to help the Concerned Citizens to Help Save Lincoln School with this project they're going to have a benefit concert at the Boudreax Visitors Center at the Clarence Cannon Dam this Saturday evening. There are going to be acts from as far away as Springfield Illinois, Jacksonville Illinois, St. Louis Missouri and even as far away as Florida. It's a great cause to help a great effort and you will see this group performing as well.