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Back to School

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: September 1, 2014 12:00 PM
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It's time for pencils, time for books, time for teachers, but hopefully not dirty looks. School is back in session. Across the U.S., children are packing their backpacks with pencil boxes, notebooks and folders and making the trudge down their driveways to that big yellow school bus. They "high-five" one another as they meet up with old friends and exchange stories of their summer adventures and they are greeted by the smiles of teachers who are eager to dig into lessons.

The school buildings of today are some of the largest, well equipped schools of the century. It seems odd that there are still such a thing as one-room school house where teachers write their lessons in the front of the classroom with chalk and children walk to and from school with their lunch pails in hand. They are the types of schools you see on old TV shows like Little House on the Prairie. But these schools do still exist.

You will find them amongst the Amish communities. But not all Amish children are limited to this style of learning. Some do attend public schools and some may also continue their learning past eighth grade - contrary to popular belief. Learn about Amish school systems in this edition of Amish Heartland.

Do you know just how truly powerful your purchase can be? By shopping at World Crafts, you are ensuring that an artisan across the globe can secure funds in order to send their child to school or provide a reasonable means of income for their family. At World Crafts, your purchase matters. From necklaces and earrings, to handmade baskets and small sculptures carved from rare stones and even ornaments made from eggshells and orange peels, you are sure to find something truly unique.

After shopping the many stores of Amish country, you are going to want to check into a place where you can recharge for the next day and soak in the country views. Plan a relaxing retreat this fall at Blessings Cabins and Lodge. Designed to make you feel like you are enjoying your home away from home, Blessings provides accommodations for a romantic getaway for two or a place to get away with family and friends. Find out why guests keep falling in love with the place and keep coming back year after year.

So be mindful as you make your way into Amish country this fall. Watch for children walking along the side of the road to school. Slow down when passing these small one-room school houses not only for the children's safety, but also so you can take in the simplicity of the school house.


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