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Thursday, December 22, 2005

NPR Comes to Monhegan

Friday's Morning Edition on NPR will feature a story about the Monhegan Island School. This is the first installment in Neenah Ellis' once-a-month series on One-Room Schools Holding on in Rural America.
Monhegan teacher Sarah Caban is in her fifth year at the school. She is a strong believer in the concept of community-based education. She brings residents into the school as often as possible, encouraging a dialogue about what the students are learning.

By all accounts, she has been successful. Ties between the school and the islanders are strong.

In fact, the school is a community gathering place. It's a neutral ground where the normal, everyday tensions and difficulties of living and working in such isolation are forgotten -- at least for a while. [Link]
Audio of the story will be available on the NPR website at about 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.
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