By Kevin Williams
Summer in bucolic pockets of Amish country means that school closes for the summer. Literally closes. At the public schools in my hometown, the schools never really close. You pass by the parking lot on any summer day and there are secretaries, support staff, and students there for various reasons. Getting paperwork ready for the new year. Summer school. Band practices, etc. But, no, Amish schools when they are done for the summer, they're done for the summer. On the last day of school, usually in May, the schoolmaster locks the door, the kids go home and the building sits unoccupied until a few days before school opens again the fall. Then you'll some teachers and volunteers coming in to wipe down walls, mow the grass, get firewood ready. But these photos capture the Amish schools in their summer slumber.