This story appeared in the September 19, 1996 edition of the Cannon Falls Beacon.
Dakota City Heritage Village yearly honors a teacher that taught in a one room school. These teachers were versatile people who started a fire int he wood stove, taught students from first through sixth grade all in the same classroom during the course of a single day, organized and taught all of the classes that specialists in today's school teach, like music, physical education and art, and organized events for the parents, such as Christmas programs and school picnics.
To honor the contribution to society made by these dedicated people, each year Dakota City Heritage Village selects a person who taught in a one room school as their teacher of the year. This year Loretta Schaffer was chosen for this honor. She is a great example of these multi-talented teachers who provided education for generations of Minnesotans.
Loretta spent five years teaching in a one room school. The cooperation of the parents is an outstanding memory for her of these happy years. Parents extended helping hands which kept the community working together. Social activities were also an important function of the school, with exciting Christmas programs and family picnics. Loretta also has given of her time and talent as an active community worker. She was an outstanding 4-H leader for 27 years and has given many hours of volunteer time for her church.
For the past five years, Loretta has returned to teaching in a one room school. She teaches in the Dakota City one room school program for visiting classes from schools all over the county.