Sumner Avenue School

Sumner Avenue School, located in the heart of the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield, was where young Ted went to elementary school. At the time it was one of the newest schools in the city and it was here that Ted first indicated an interest in children’s literature. He also developed an interest in science when Halley’s Comment appeared in 1910 when he was six. When walking to school each morning he was under strict orders to hold his sister’s hand as they crossed Sumner Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the city.


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