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The One-Room Schoolhouse: A Vanishing Tradition

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The One-Room Schoolhouse: A Vanishing Tradition

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The One-Room Schoolhouse: A Vanishing Tradition

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At the turn of the 20th century, one of every three American children was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. Now only a few still exist, mainly in the nation's rural communities.

Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center profiles one such school in the tiny northern Nevada town of Jiggs.

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Children in kindergarten and grades one through six attend The Mound Valley School, built in 1983 by students from a neighboring one-room schoolhouse.

The class size this year is 15, up from 13 last year, which gave teacher Cheryl Turner a reason to petition her school board for a teacher's aide. Turner, who has taught at Mound Valley for 19 years, and her aide Cindy Nash prepare 40 lessons each day.