SHELBYVILLE — Living and working in a small town is all about community.

“You know you teach in a small town when you go into Walmart and see nine of your students,” said Russ Tomblin, principal of Moulton Middle School in Shelbyville.

Shelbyville schools are part of a pilot program with Eastern Illinois University that invites college students who plan to become teachers to visit small communities, tour the schools and talk to the staff.

As part of the pilot program, a group of Eastern students visited Shelbyville schools and were welcomed with open arms. The staff and administrators in Shelbyville wouldn’t trade their close-knit community, and they wanted to help the young teachers-to-be to see it through

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