AT A GLANCE
see strong points
of small towns
Currently there are 69 students in pre-K through 12th grade at Taloga Public Schools.
That includes three seniors.
“However, enrollment is looking up at Taloga,” said Taloga Principal Lora Burch. “This year the school saw an increase among younger students with 18 children in the combined pre-K and kindergarten class.”
Burch said basketball is offered in third through sixth grades. Basketball, cross-country and track are offered in junior high. High school students can participate in cross-country and track.
“We're constantly looking to expand our extracurricular activities,” Burch said. “In addition to some sports, Taloga has a very active FFA program. Increasing technology is another important goal at Taloga. Our school board just voted to purchase tablets for all of our seventh- through 12th-grade students.”
Rick and Tammy Mercer, of Taloga, looked back on the many opportunities that growing up in a small town provided their daughter, Randi Matulich, and son, Jordy Mercer. Rick was born and raised in Taloga and Tammy, nearby at Seiling.
“I think growing up in a small town is fantastic,” Tammy said. “And the thing about a small school is that it takes everybody to participate in all activities to make them successful. So there are a lot of opportunities to do things.”
Burch is among those who believe strongly in what a small town has to offer.
“Our students are very active in the community and understand the value of growing up in a small town,” Burch said. “Our kids know the importance of giving back to their community. A food truck comes to Taloga about once a month and donates food for the needy people in the community and our kids go down and help the women at the church unload and sort the food. Also, our younger music children go down to the senior citizens center and sing songs for our community members eating lunch.
“Students in Taloga get more than an education. They learn the true value of community and the benefits of working together as a whole.”
From Staff Reports