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One room school brings students back in time


The Lincoln County fairgrounds has a small house that is having a big impact on students.

The Brickyard School in Merrill takes first graders back in time to the 1900's.

"This is an experience for the students of living history," said Marie Rein, the director of the Brickyard School.

The one-room school was built more than 100 years ago. The Merrill historical society does not want students to forget the past.

"I think it's important for them to know how times have changed," Rein said.

Students learn subjects from books of that era and even do some chores.

The society says every year the students love visiting the school.

"They're always excited,” Rein said. “Their teachers say its one of the best days of the whole school year."

First grader Alexis Doering joined about 20 classmates at the school.

"I like the one-room schoolhouse because it has centers and art," she said.

She also said it's a lot different from her regular school.

"In my school now we have a bunch of different schools, and this one only has one."

She likes having everything in one place.

"We only have one teacher and we can be with all of our friends in one class," she said.

Students, parents, and grandparents like it too.

"They take a step in and say agh, this is like going back to my school days," Rein said.

The school opens for about two weeks for first-graders to visit.

The historical society has hosted the classes since 2000.

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