The first Lakeville School was located near the main highway on the John Archie MacInnis property. The new school was built in 1957 on the opposite side of the Lakeville Bridge and across from the Harbor Road. Gordon and Eve Bruce bought the school in 1976 and remodelled it.
Lakeville School was a one room school located in Lakeville, P.E.I. The children sat on stools because they didn’t have desks. A wood stove in the center of the room kept the school warm. The students were responsible for hauling in wood and the teacher kept the fire going. The families in the school community supplied the wood. The fire had to be lit early so the school was warm when the students arrived which was the job of the older boys in the school who would have to come early to light the stove. The children had to keep the school clean. They washed and swept the floor, erased the board, hauled the drinking water from a nearby house and kept the fire going.
One teacher taught all the ages and grades which ranged from grade one to eight. The girls sat on one side and the boys sat on the other side. The teacher would ring the bell at 9:30 to begin classes. Class opened with the Lord’s Prayer and then roll call. Anyone who was late had to stay outside until; recess even when it was bitterly cold outside. The children were allowed an hour for lunch. The class was done for the day at 3:30 p.m. The washroom was a small building called an outhouse located outside of the school.
At recess the children played baseball. A lot of the time the boys would look for a snake to chase the girls with. The main subjects were Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. The work was put on the blackboard and the students used slates. To clean slates the students had a bottle of water and a rag.
There were many rules for a one room school. If they were disobeyed the punishment could be harsh. The boys and girls could be ordered to memorize long passages or write lines over and over. Some had to wear a dunce hat or get a crack on the hand with a ruler. Some had to stand in the corner and the most severe punishment was a whipping with a hickory stick or leather strap.
A daily routine helped the teacher keep order in the busy classroom. This schedule also ensured that the students learned as much as possible. Lyman Baker lived across from the Lakeville School. He and his brothers and sister attended this school. Their house was often the home where the teachers got their dinner or where the students hauled the water from. Many of the teachers boarded at local houses.