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One-room Public/Catholic School

I haven’t blogged because I’m working on my memoir. Asking for input on rural schools in Stearns County, I received this wonderful description by Bernadette Weber, OSB. It will delight some; it might dismay others. Here is just a snapshot of my grade school life. Attending District 125 Public Country School was a rich experience.   Being among 50 students in 8 grades with one teacher helped us be creative in using our time. When in the lower and middle grades, I would listen to the interesting classes of the upper grades.        We had wardrobes to keep our coats etc. (one for the boys and one for the girls). When I finished my assigned work, I got to take the first graders for reading class in the wordrobe. Although I wasn’t aware of it, that was my first practice teaching.  We also had a library, so could spend time reading books.     In our school all the students and the teacher were Catholic. When I think about it, we were like a parochial school. We had a crucifix in