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Pleasant Valley School in Carthage celebrates 145th birthday

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Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Carthage is celebrating its 145th birthday. 
Its shape and location has changed over the years, but for guests at a carnival celebration today, it brought back memories.
Walking through the doors of Pleasant Valley Elementary, Sherlyn Pollock remembers days past.
"I used to pick strawberries here when I was a little girl," she said.
Sherlyn attended  Pleasant Valley School when it was located a block away, beginning kindergarten in 1935.
Her great aunts and uncles attended the school before that, when it was a log cabin.
Her great uncle helped with construction of the building she attended and her father contributed.
"My dad was on the school board for several years and he helped get library books for the school and to put water in the school," Sherlyn said.
She also recalls spending time with Cecil Floyd, who went on to be Assistant Superintendent of Joplin Schools.
"Now he has a school named after him and my granddaughter actually went to that school," she said.
Current students were excited to hear her stories.
"I think it's really cool that she went there," said Trisha Sampson, 5th grader.
"That's interesting because she came here and she can see a difference now," said Gelvanna Cardenas, 5th grader.
Sherlyn says one of the biggest differences for students now is the car or bus ride to school.
"I used to walk to school and the old street car used to go in front of the house where I was born," she said.  "We'd walk through the dirt road, through the cow pasture, down the street car path and back to the road to get to school," she said.
She does not recall having many snow days.
Looking at the school now, Sherlyn says there is just one way to describe it. "Oh, it's amazing!"
Principal Scott Ragsdale says many former students sometimes stop to visit the school.
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