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March 18, 2013

HIGGS: A lesson on city schools built in the 1900s

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Niagara Gazette — Its partial mission remains “to be a leader in neighborhood revitalization, provide new opportunities for low- and moderate-income families, and advocate for community needs ...” They have an office at 479 16th St. and own two other rental units at 501 19th St. and the Carroll Colpoys Apartments on Portage and Falls Street. For the last eight years they have held a giant flea market on the front lawn of the Presti Apartments. This year it will be Sept. 14. Tables and chairs are available for $20. It’s always a big event.

In 2008, the NHS adapted some vacant land behind the building for a community garden and the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club has been a part of this community garden at the Presti Apartments since its inception. Niagara University was the lead agency, but after the first year the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club took over. They rototill, the soil, purchase the vegetables, plant and care for them until they are full grown. The children harvest them and give them away free to the tenants in the Presti Apartments.

Before we get to the construction of a new high school in 1901, I want to bring some of the other neighborhood schools into the focus first.

Ashland Avenue School comes to mind as that was where my son Doug attended almost all of his elementary school years. Built in 1902 this two-story brick school was designed by E.E. Joralemon and included 10 classrooms. The land was formerly a vineyard harvesting plums and apples in orchards surrounding this area and it was obtained at a cost of $12,120.00 and the building and equipment brought the total to $84,811.58.

Miss Helen L. Prime was appointed the first principal. The History of the Niagara Falls School System was first initiated in a special class here in 1910.

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