Brooke Mildon, a 12-year-old Cadette Girl Scout, is leading a project that will retrieve the old Mineville and Moriah school bells from storage and place them at flagpoles at the current school in Port Henry. She is being assisted by Bill Larrow, Moriah school superintendent.
continued “The bells were used to start the school day and call students in from recess (lunch),” Mildon said. “These bells were used because students and staff could not hear the inside bells if they were out on the playground or sitting out on school grounds.
“The bell from Moriah High was also used to alert the firemen and community when there was a fire,” she added.
Mildon hopes her research will be included Moriah’s fourth grade curriculum, which focuses on local history.
“Brooke’s done a lot of research,” Larrow said. “She’s really taken a great interest in this project. This is becoming reality because of her.”
Plans call for a bell to be placed at the flagpole near the elementary school entrance and the other to be placed at the entrance of the high school. The cast iron bells will be mounted between stone pillars with a small roof covering each. A plaque will be mounted with each containing information about the bells and the schools.
The entire project is expected to cost about $5,000. Mildon has already earned more than $2,000 through money-earning activities.
A spaghetti dinner Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Port Henry Knights of Columbus at 4 p.m. will also raise money for the project. Tickets are $9.
People who wish to donate supplies toward the effort can send them to Brooke’s mother, Val Mildon, at Moriah Central School, 39 Viking Lane, Port Henry 12974.
Brooke’s father, Bob, a carpenter, is also helping with the project.
The installation of the two bells will begin as soon as the money is in hand, Larrow said. He expects both bells to be in place this fall.