One of the first references to the Centerline School, (Lauretta School) No. 171, can be found in the 1894 Annual Report of the Prince Edward Island School Superintendent. He indicates the school has no teacher or pupils and the following years reports the same.
The first school teacher of
Lauretta School pupils were photographed in 1897 - Nellie (Smith) Beaeristo showed me the photograph in the mid-1980s. She told me on that day in 1897 she and Eva Jeffery were 5 years old and not yet going to school, however, they were sent up to the school to be included in the photograph. In the early 1980's there were two known copies of this photo, Nellie's and Bony McLellans, neither seem to have survived.
The following is a list of known teachers who taught here during those first years:
1896‑1898 Adeline Arsenault
1898‑1899 Katie Hennessey1899‑1902 Stephen Jeffery, Class 3 license
1902‑190? E. Christopher
195?‑ Shirley Barbour
I am not aware of any photographs of Lauretta school. Below is an illustration of the school drawn by Donna (Barbour) MacPhee when a student here in the 1950's.