The touching reason Rory Feek built a school for daughter in his backyard

Jun 21, 2018
11:42 A.M.

Country singer Rory Feek decided to build a school for his daughter with Down syndrome because he said it was what his late wife would have wanted.


Rory’s wife, Joey Martin Feek died due to cervical cancer in March 2016. The couple was widely known as the country duo Joey + Rory.

On a blog post written by Rory in 2017, he talked about his wife and how she would be running things in their household if she were still alive.

One of the things Rory mentioned was the long drives to their 4-year-old daughter, Indiana’s two schools.

Rory shared how he thought that if Joey were still alive, she would want their daughter to be homeschooled for her to always be with Joey in their home at the farm.


Apart from that, Rory explained that Joey wanted their daughter to learn not just the stuff being taught in schools, but to also learn how to be a good person.

‘To love God and the life that He's given her, more than what a lot of the world is telling us to love. And in her mind, home is the best place to learn those things,’ continued the country singer.

Because of that, he had the idea to build a school for his daughter right in their backyard.


Before finalizing the plans for the school he was about to build, he acknowledged the two schools Indiana had been enrolled in with praises.

Rory said that the High Hopes Development Center did a good job at teaching his daughter how to walk and talk so well. He also complimented Ferntop Nature Preschool for their hands-on style in educating their students.


Although, Rory pointed out that having Indiana homeschooled was going to fulfill his wife’s wishes.

Instead of hiring professionals, Rory decided to ask help from the entire community. Everyone who helped build the school was his family, friends, neighbors, and more.

At the time, Rory mentioned in the blog post that he hoped to have kids with ages three and four enroll at the school and teach them about ‘rural life skills’ apart from normal school lessons.

‘Our hope is to let it be more of a farm school where besides the three 'R's (reading, writing, and arithmetic), kids will get the chance to learn about another, 4th 'R'... rural life skills,’ he explained.

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