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St. Croix Central Elementary art teacher Jason Rhode stands in front of the mural he is painting with the help of student teacher Garith Pipkorn (not pictured). Rhode said the mural, which features characters and the tree house from the Magic Tree House series, as well as other children's book characters, is meant to inspire literacy in children.

Teacher encourages reading with mural art

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Jason Rhode has spent many nights on a ladder in St. Croix Central Elementary School, painting the wall. He said he hopes his efforts will promote children's literacy.


"Reading is the most important thing for kids to learn," Rhode said. "It's the foundation of everything else they need for math, science..."

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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