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Country School Classroom


While a classroom in Bismarck may have 17 students, that's ALL the students, kindergarten through 8th grade, at a small school SOUTH of Bismarck.
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you south on 1804 to Manning School.

It's not your typical school day.
Here a few kids ride their horses to school. 
I leave my house at 8 and then she's at my house at 8:15 and we leave for school in the morning.
A couple students raise the flag.
And everyone says the Pledge of Allegiance.
This small school house lies roughly 14 miles south of Bismarck along 1804.
2 teachers teach 9 grades.
(Rachel Steffen / Manning School Principal) "It's very challenging. But I think that's what I love the most about it is the challenge and it keeps you going all day long and you are constantly with the kids."
(Miss. Smith / K-3 Teacher) "Last fall it was like oh my gosh. But once you get the nag of it, it's great. It's a juggle. But, it's definitely an advantage. I definitely see it as that. It's keeping me on my toes too. You are teaching first grade, knowing what second grade needs next year. so you can teach not just to their level but where they need to be. So that's an advantage."
These classrooms are equipped with all the comforts of the city.
(Rachel Steffen / Manning School Principal) "We have all the technology we have permeation boards, we have computers, ipads, apple TVs. so we really keep up to date with our technology."
And the students all agree--they like the quite of the country.
(Ty MacDonald / 2nd Grader) "I like it because there is not too many kids and it's not too loud."
(Mardi Jo Beard & Jamie Schmidt) "It's quite, not very many kids. Easy to focus on your work." 
Smith and Steffen say the bond created between these two classrooms is priceless.
(Miss. Smith / K-3 Teacher) "It's great to see the older kids helping and guiding the younger kids and then that relationship that forms within that.
(Rachel Steffen / Manning School Principal) "The younger ones play with the older ones. The older ones love playing with the younger ones. If the older ones finish their work, they love going back to help the younger ones so they really get that communication and interaction." 

Steffen says she started with 4 kids 7 years ago.
Due to more than quadrupling in size, this is the first year the school has had two teachers.


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