Helen Lemme Elementary School



    Helen Lemme Elementary School in Iowa City was built in 1970 in honor of Helen Lemme's sincere dedication to helping disadvantaged and discriminated African-American students. Lemme not only fed and housed these students, but she also provided a friendly and caring atmosphere in which they could learn, grow, and belong. The elementary school continues Helen Lemme's inspirational legacy: "Helen Lemme Elementary School shall strive to maximize our students' academic and social development in an atmosphere of respectful behavior, in which students feel important, valued, and that they belong. Helen Lemme Elementary School is a happy place for all." 
    In 1968, Helen Lemme died tragically from smoke inhalation during a house fire in her own home in Iowa City. Her hard work, dedication, kindness, and generosity did not go unnoticed; she was a prominent and influential member of the community. Therefore, it was fitting that an institution of education not only be named in her honor, but also continue her mission and dedication to equality and happiness for all (Helen).

These pictures show the Helen Lemme Elementary School from two different years. The first picture is the school as it was in 1975 and the second picture is how it looked in 2000. These pictures were taken from the Iowa City School Districts website.

If you would like more information on the Helen Lemme Elementary School or about its policies, its homepage can be found at  http://www.edline.net/pages/lemmeschool.

Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City. [Helen Lemme Reading Club] Please do not reproduce or use any of the pictured materials without permission.