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When 'the heartbeat' stops: Rural schools close as opportunity and residents flee

from The Washington Post

At the end of a narrow road, beyond single-story homes and a mobile home park in this mountain town, the pavement opens onto the gravel parking lot of Raven Elementary School. It has sat there since the 1950s, built at a time when the nearest elementary school was a nearly two-mile slog away. Donna Whittington's mother and other parents pressured school system leaders to establish a school for Raven, and over the decades, the modest building became the backdrop for fall festivals and plays, a place where neighborhood children would shoot hoops. more

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