DALLAS TWP. — The cupola from the former Dallas Township School once served the community as a beacon of education, but now it needs the community’s help for restoration.
The 88-year-old Dallas Township School on Church Street, neighboring the Little League and softball fields, was a high school, middle school and elementary school before it was shuttered in the mid 1980s.
Before the building was razed in April 2014, the Kunkle Fire Department, Dallas Township and Back Mountain Regional EMS and Lane’s Cranes of Moosic carefully salvaged the 1920s-style cupola from the roof of the two-story building.
“That was a very emotional day for many people,” said Dallas Township Supervisor Elizabeth Martin about demolition day.
The purpose of saving the cupola was to restore the structure and create a memorial for the former students and their families who attended the school.
To achieve this goal, Dallas Township and the Dallas School District are planning the second and potentially third Community Cupola Help Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 20 and 27 at the former school’s site.
Martin asks those interested in helping to call her at the municipal offices at 570-674-2000 ext. 2008, to ensure enough materials and tools available on site.
The first Community Cupola Help Day, which was held in June, received no response from the Back Mountain community, Martin said.
Dallas High School Technical Education teacher Mark Golden is overseeing the restoration project, she said. Under Golden’s supervision, current Dallas High School students began work on the structure, but there is so much more to be done, Martin said.
She pointed out some of the students’ work showing areas of new wood that replaced rotted pieces and the paint-scraped surface of the cupola.
There are areas where the wood needs to be repaired or replaced, she said. The metal roof needs to be sanded and repainted, and bricks are planned to be installed around the base of the cupola, Martin said.
“Inside the cupola is structurally sound,” she said.
Martin hopes the cupola’s restoration can be completed by next year, in time for the township’s bicentennial celebration.
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