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One Room Country Schools
Caroline Wheels of Time Museum
Caroline , Alberta

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   In the rolling foothills
of Alberta, there were at one
time 14 country schools
around Caroline, a small town
just east of the Rockies,
each school the hub of its
community, where children
learned lifelong lessons of
honesty, thrift, respect and
citizenship and neighbours

gathered for pie socials and
picnics.
   This exhibit tells their
story, from 1908 when the
first schoolhouse opened in
Caroline until the last of
the country schools closed
its doors, relegated to
history by the school buses
that carried children to

Carolineís new, much larger
central school.
   A Day At School begins as
children are called to class,
O Canada is sung, the flag
saluted, the Lordís Prayer
repeated and roll call taken.
Students take out their
primers, the teacher begins
the dayís lesson in reading,

writing or arithmetic until
recess, when students gladly
spill out to the school yard
to delight in a variety of
activities, then back to
class, lessons sometimes
interrupted by punishment for
misdemeanors or civic tasks
like counting coupons for the
war effort.

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