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Redbird School--Lynch, Holt County, Nebraska

The Kansas Heritage Server would like to thank Lee Nichols (nichols@cjnetworks.com) for contributing this material.

One-room schools continue in old ways

The one-room school house is history in Kansas, but there are areas where they still exist. Lorna Nichols teaches in a one-room rural school and in Holt County, Nebraska.

Kansas has consolidated all of the rural schools and in Holt County, Nebraska, there are still 45 one-room schools. Lorna Nichols, a graduate of Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, taught one year at Brewster, Kansas before moving to Nebraska to teach in a rural school.

She has 11 children in the school which consists of eight grades. There is one teacher's aide. There is one kindergartner; one second grader; two third graders; one fourth grader; three fifth graders and three eighth graders.

The Redbird School is in District 3 between the Niobrara River and the Missouri River near Lynch which Nichols says, "The setting is picturesque and inspiring."

"Discipline problems are non-existent and the classroom atmosphere lends itself to special projects in science and expanded subjects in English, social studies, art and physical education," Nichols said. "I also have the music for the school and a speech therapist comes in from the Educational Services Unit if needed."

Nebraska is not the only state with rural schools in use. According to an Associated Press release, there are 21 remaining rural schools in Michigan. Lorna Nichols' permanent address I Beloit and she generally spends her summers and holidays with her mother, Mrs. Virgil Nichols, Beloit.

Beloit Daily Call, Beloit, Kansas, Wednesday, January 9, 1985

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