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Many who commented, particularly parents, mentioned the plentiful positive aspects of the rural school experience, and described their schools as the hub and heart of their community. Many parents who had grown up in small towns themselves made the choice to raise their children in small towns to give them the rural school experience. These parents shared heartwarming stories about the benefits of this life. Others suggested rural schools give students a unique perspective on wildlife and nature.
Many people talked about how rural schools build community and how that teaches important lessons for children as they grow up.
Additionally, some felt that with growing challenges like drugs and mental health, more needed to be done to ensure that rural schools are a supportive and connective environment, and a place for youth to go to be engaged in positive social interactions.