The Grant School - 1914 to Present

Fall 1914

New School Opens in Pickering Area Grant School opened this fall for grades 1-8 with thirteen students, ten of them coming from the recently closed Spencer Lake School. Miss Kennedy serves as the first teacher for this one-room schoolhouse. Many children
travel to school on the waters of Pickering Passage in row boats or on rafts. The new school includes a wood burning pot belly stove to keep the students warm and a “necessary house” out back to be used…when necessary.



The Grant School Receives a New Addition. A play shed built by George Anderson and Carl Johnson in 1932 was moved on skid logs pulled by horses and a stump puller. It was then attached to the original school building with sliding doors connecting it to the classroom. This provides a warm and dry play area for the children during the colder, rainy months.



Pickering Has a New Women's Club
The first meeting of a new local sewing club was held in January at the home of Mrs. Lundquist with sixteen women present. Dues for the club are 5 cents/month to be used for cards and flowers for members who are ill. At the March meeting with twenty-two women present, it was decided “to serve simple refreshments, a beverage, and one or two dishes…preferably one.” Hostesses are chosen in alphabetical order as much as is possible. Club members enjoy sharing recipes, needlework, and quilting.

Active Women's Club Renamed
The Pickering Sewing Club decided at its May meeting to call the club “Pickering Homemakers' Club.” The women of the club discussed the need for all to get out to encourage voters for the upcoming Special Levy for the school year. The members also recently voted to prepare a Christmas box to be sent to Samoa. Articles for little children are to be a value of 5 cents each, gifts from the children of the Grant School.


The Grant School Closes its Doors
Three students made up the last class of the Grant School. Members of the Pickering Homemaker's Club will continue to use the school building as their clubhouse.

Pickering Homemakers Care for the Grant School
Now, as their club is an official corporation in the State of Washington, members of the Pickering Homemakers' Club have committed to taking over the stewardship of
the former Grant School, taking responsibility for its upkeep and continued preservation. During these tough war years, the dedicated club members have made it a labor of love to care for the old school.

The club has worked hard to support the war effort by participating in various Red Cross projects such as making bandages; additionally, they have supported war bond sales and rationing efforts.


Pickering Homemakers' Club Receives Deed to the Grant School.
The Grant School and its grounds have now become the official location for the business meetings and social activities of the Pickering Homemakers' Club. Some men have joined the club to share in the responsibilities of maintenance and repair of the building and property.


Club Participates in the Foster Parents' Plan for War Children, Inc.
The Pickering Homemakers' Club adopted an eleven year-old Belgian boy, Richard Jean Van Avermaete, whose father was captured by the Nazis for his clandestine printing press used for the underground resistance T306432-20 PP-6 groups. Through this foster parent organization, little victims of Nazi aggression receive food, shelter, and loving care.