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Oswego School District receives report card from 1880 in the mail

A former school student's grade card becomes a big part of learning the history of one Southeast Kansas school district.

Administrators in the Oswego School District say two weeks ago, this report card from 1880 arrived in the mail unexpectedly. A Florida man had found it in his grandmother's attic after she passed away. Administrators say they don't have too many items that date back that far, inspiring them to do some research into the district's past.

"I talked with one of our history teachers this morning, and he said, 'I can't wait to see this,’ because he hasn't had a chance to witness it yet, he said, ‘I don't know where this could take us, because it could be an individual project, it could be a class project, who knows, but it just makes history come alive, it makes it real. Makes it relevant,’" says Douglas Beisel, Oswego superintendent.

The report card has been framed, and is on display in the district administration office.


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