In March, I was fortunate to visit Elyria Public School, one of the few remaining one-room schools in the region. One teacher, Deb O’Neal, instructs eight students spanning four grades. At the conclusion of this school year, the school will close due to budgetary constraints.
I was impressed with the students’ ability to work together throughout the day, helping each other with lessons.
The intimate setting seemed to allow for a nurturing social environment in which students of all ages were comfortable asking questions, solving problems and playing together. The students managed their time by finishing work between lessons or reading a book when all was complete.
Before lining up for dismissal at the end of the day, O’Neal helped two students take down the flags.
To see a photo showcase of images from the school day, click here.