One-Room Schoolhouse Hopes to Stay Open As Last Student Graduates

A one-room schoolhouse on Cuttyhunk Island in Gosnold, Massachusetts is at risk of shutting down when its last student graduates later this spring.

We took you inside the Gosnold school in 2017, introducing you to brother and sister Carter and Gwen.

Since our story aired, Carter graduated. Gwen will now follow later this spring. No students are currently enrolled for next fall.

In a bid to stay open, the school is now inviting other districts to use its building, and outdoor classroom, as part of weeklong “STEAM” Academies. Middle school students in the program will stay on Cuttyhunk for five days and four nights. Organizers say the students will focus on things like watershed, aquaculture, and biological studies.

Michelle Carvalho, the school’s teacher and principal, also hopes the STEAM Academy will keep the island vibrant during the school year, when the population drops to just a couple dozen people.

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