Kupyansk Gymnasium No. 7. Lost monument

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In collaboration with the Agency for Media Growth "ABO" and within the framework of the "Your Own Home" project, we publish stories told by Ukrainians about houses lost as a result of Russian aggression. Today we will talk about Kupyansk Gymnasium No. 7.

Alla Kovshar's whole life is connected with Kupyansk Gymnasium No. 7. Here she studied from the first to the tenth grade, and later taught history for 30 years, and geography for the last five years.

Mrs. Alla promised to bring her seventh-graders to the 9th grade, but all plans were destroyed by the attack of the Russian Federation.

"I remember our last meeting in the history room," Ms. Alli recalls. - Few students came and I gave them souvenir books, our thematic newspapers and posters. And then the turn came to the closet - there were Ukrainian wreaths that we wore on holidays. Ukrainians have such a custom - to put a wreath on the child's head and wish for a long, happy life path and a good fate. That's what we did, and one of the girls said that she would go home with a wreath. I was a little afraid, but the child says: "Don't be afraid for us, we will all gather together like before. They supported me because they said goodbye with tears in their eyes."

For almost 120 years of its existence, Kupyansk Gymnasium No. 7 has given an entire generation of Kupyan residents a path to life. In 2022, the building was destroyed by shelling of the Russian military. Locals who did not leave said that the establishment burned for several days.

Before the Great War, about 320 children studied at the gymnasium. Nine classes were in the main building at 10 Zhukovsky Street, and four elementary and the same number of preschool groups were located nearby at 5 Topolina Street.

"I have had several releases in 20 years. And so I met my students in Kyiv. They offered help with both transport and an apartment. It is worth living and working as a teacher only for this. A school is not even a ceiling, a fence, or any equipment and technology. All this helps in education, but the most important thing is the children," said Nataliya Pylypenko, deputy director for educational work.

Vitaly Tartsenko, who taught computer science from 2014 to 2022, also fondly remembers his native institution: 

"During the occupation, the gymnasium was still intact. Some windows are damaged, but as they say, "flowers". After the release, it came to the school: three walls are standing, the fourth is half destroyed, the roof is too. Almost everything was burnt."

When Mr. Vitaly started working here, the institution had three old computers from 2003.  

"I raised my friends from Haitians. Thanks to them, 5 new computers appeared. Later, when the institution was 115 years old, we were given a computer class. This is the merit of our students, who were constant winners at the Olympiads. Together with teachers and parents, we installed technology in almost every classroom," he recalls.

"The school went from a zemstvo three-year school, founded in 1902 at the expense of the Kupyan zemstvo, to a New-type institution, which united children aged one to 17 years," says Alla Kovshar.  

The building housed a school museum where many photographs, documents and memories were stored. Including the arrangement of the yard and planting of fruit trees by students and teachers in post-war times. The last exhibits of the museum were dedicated to graduates who participated in the ATO/OOS. 

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