Texas A&M students helping restore historic Wheelock School House

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WHEELOCK, Tex. (KBTX) - There's not a whole lot of new coming to Wheelock, Texas, but over the last several months something has changed.

Students in front of Wheelock School in 1937. Photo courtesy of Kathy Hedrick.

Texas A&M University architecture professor Priya Jain and her students have teamed up with members of the community to restore the 100 year old Wheelock School House.

"This just seemed like a great opportunity to do some real work that the students could be involved in and would be an actual benefit to the community," Jain said.

The building's foundation has already been repaired. New first floor windows are going in and, for the first time in decades, the second floor is getting an inspection, too.

"If you don't preserve your history, its easy to forget," said Kathy Hedrick, Wheelock resident and Vice President of the Friends of the Wheelock School House.

"Wheelock was founded before the Texas Revolution, but there is so little of that history left, so its imperative that we save what we still have," Hedrick said.

At its peak in 1930, the Wheelock School served 200 students. The school closed in the late 1940s, but it never stopped serving the community. Now, it's the oldest continually used public building in Robertson County.

"What drew me to this building was the love that the people in Wheelock have for it," Jain said.

A love for a place with a purpose that has come full circle.

"Kids used to learn in here and now we're in here learning more at the school, so its serving its purpose again," said Hannah Gibson, an architecture student working on the project.