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Riverbend Elementary School kindergarten teacher Maria Fogg helps Peyton May, 5 (right) with her art project while Iris Howell, 5, looks on and Shauna Conrad, 5, works on her own project. Fogg, who formerly taught at a smaller school in the North Carolina district, said closing small neighborhood schools can be stressful, but school administrators can help ease the transition.

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Scottie Smith (left) reads the morning announcements while Justyn Blankenship and Whitney Loggins wait for their segment of the broadcast. Building a new middle school in the Logan County School District in West Virginia provided students with a television broadcasting studio.

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