Megan N.

Milestone, Saskatchewan

Regina Regional Heritage Fair

Rural Schools

This project outlines what a rural school is and how it influenced the rural communities of Saskatchewan. Most of the research involved the rural schools surrounding the Milestone, Saskatchewan area where I live.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned from this topic was that one teacher could teach eight grades in one classroom. It was hard for me to understand how the teacher could keep everyone on task with such different ages and skills. I also loved hearing the stories of how the students got to school (horse, sled & walking)

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The most important lesson I learned was that the rural school was not just the school. It was also the heart of the rural community. It was where ball games were played, dances were held and the community came together.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I have learned that things are a lot different today. Most classrooms only have one maybe two grades per room, and one teacher per grade. We have many more choices for learning and athletics. In our rural area, students are bussed from many different communities to the larger centre.