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Elmore one-room schoolhouse the last of its kind in Vt.

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The 20 students who attend Elmore School learn math, reading and writing just like at any other school, but they do it in one room.

"And this one's the one that's still there, so it’s kind of cool learning and working and telling everybody that I learn in the last one-room schoolhouse in Vermont," said third-grader Nathan Nolan.

The Elmore School is the last one-room schoolhouse in the state. It educates first-, second- and third-grade students who learn from each other.

"Well it helps me because the third-graders know sometimes a lot more than the second-graders so they like to help us sometimes, like with spelling, subtraction with all sorts of things," said second-grader Lexi Hamel.

Teacher Annamary Anderson has been at the Elmore School for 14 years.

"One of the things that I love about this is the close connectedness to our community. Our community is so supportive of that, of our school," said Anderson.

And she says she does not define her students solely by their grade.

"I see children working on a continuum of development," said Anderson.

She is able to adapt her teaching style to fit individual learners. For example, a second-grader could be spelling at a third-grade level. She says that's how her students get challenged when needed.

"As in any graded classroom, you're going to have children at different points of their development and so I don't even think of them as grades right now. I go, where are my children now," said Anderson.

So why is this the last one-room schoolhouse in the state? Some say that small schools are not cost effective, but in Elmore the superintendent says it works for one reason.

"The reason that the Elmore School district has maintained its cost effectiveness is because of those strong partnerships within the Lamoille South Supervisory Union and with the Morristown School District," said Tracy Wrend, the Lamoille South superintendent.

Wrend says whatever resources Elmore does not have, such as a full-size library, a guidance counselor and professional staff development, the small school gets through the Morristown School District and this helps keep costs down.

"If we're providing quality educational opportunities for kids, we're being financially responsible, cost-effective, and using our resources in a collaborative capacity wisely, high quality education here at the Elmore School can and should continue," said Wrend.

Reporter Shelby Cashman: Do you feel like the big kid now?

Nolan: Yeah, but pretty soon I'll be the small kid next year.

As students from Elmore move on to a much bigger school, what they learned inside this one classroom will stay with them forever.

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