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As part of the New Deal, the National Youth Administration (NYA) was designed to allow youth to exchange labor for learning. First, the NYA provided grants to college-age students who were willing to work within the program. Second, the NYA gave young people the opportunity to participate in federally funded work programs to gain on-the-job training. Below are several local schools that benefited from NYA projects.

glenville high school, circa 1933

Glenville High School:
The NYA repaired and replaced fencing. A landscaping project also took place because of damage done by erosion. The NYA also provided the school with "chinning bars."

Sand Fork High School, circa 1933

Sand Fork High School:
The NYA replaced 150 feet of sewer line at Sand Fork High School. The school also benefited from a grading and leveling project, which provided for a new driveway and better landscaping. Trees, shrubs, and flowers were also planted to further beautify the school.

Tanner High School, circa 1933

Tanner High School:
The Tanner High School benefited in multiple ways because of the NYA's involvement there. The former Revel one-room school house was torn down in order to build a bus garage and storage room. The NYA also improved the grounds by excavating and laying a driveway for the school.

Cedarville Junior High, circa 1933

Cedarville High School:
The NYA provided the school with a driveway and playground equipment. Trees, shrubs, and flowers were also planted to improve the exterior appearance of the school.

Troy School, circa 1933

Troy High School:
The NYA constructed a fence along the front of the building, did grading, and leveled for a proposed gymnasium. The NYA also drained the athletic field by using 250 feet of tiling, built playground equipment, and did some landscaping.

Normantown High

Normantown High School:
The NYA did a major remodeling effort here. They converted the original gymnasium into five additional classrooms and a boiler room. After the renovations were complete, a new gymnasium was constructed with seating capacity for 250 people. The project also involved a gas line replacement and construction of a 200 foot rock wall.