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One room schoolhouse thrives

It’s not uncommon for kids to start the school day with the pledge of allegiance.
But what is uncommon is to see the school’s entire student body comprised of 15 students grades K – 12 reciting it together in their one room schoolhouse.

“It’s kind of like family,” teacher Kelly Ellsworth said. “You have them for seven years, and they’re yours.”

The kids agree that there’s something special about it.

“Its better –you get taught a lot more,” Carter Caywood said.

“Its really small, its fun, but I like it,” Kaylee Kesl said.

“They can learn at their own pace,” Ellsworth said. “We go by ability levels, rather then grades, and they learn from each other. The younger kids learn a lot watching and observing the older kids.”

The principal agrees, saying that its a very family like atmosphere that appeals to students.

“They enjoy that closeness and that family interaction they receive at school,” Michael Jacobson said.

The appeal for this small family atmosphere extends beyond the Tendoy boundaries.Several families send their children from 20 miles away in Salmon to enjoy the intimate school setting.

One room schoolhouses are a dying breed. Perhaps that’s what makes this place so special to so many people.

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