Green Hills Elementary School sits north of the city seat of Harlan in Harlan County. The school, built in 1971, has about 170 students in grades kindergarten through 8th. According to Principal Jonathan Perkins, there is one teacher per grade level. Which means most of the students have been with the same class of kids since they started school. Perkins said it is a close-knit school and community.
I visited Jessica Caldwell’s 1st-grade class where students were sorting M&Ms by color to learn about charting and graphing. Students in Nancy Cantrell’s 3rd-grade science class reviewed science concepts from throughout the year by creating large posters in small groups.
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