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Summer school focuses on fun, recreation

Even though the school year has ended, some St. Croix Central elementary and middle school students are still going to school.

The District's summer school program began Tuesday, June 10 for both academic and recreational classes. The final day for all classes is July 17.

Students choose what they want to learn during the summer months. With the huge variety of classes offered, there's sure to be something to suit everyone's interests.

Reading and math classes are available in the mornings from 8:30-noon daily. These classes have a $30 fee.

Other activity based classes are offered in the afternoons all summer. Topics range from archery to dodgeball to computer skills.

One new summer school class uses the school's interactive Smart Board whiteboards. Images from a computer are cast onto a screen which is then controlled by touch.

Some of the activity based classes have a $2 fee to cover material expenses like art supplies.

For the elementary schoolers, there are two afternoon sessions offered each day. The first runs from 1-2 p.m. and the second goes from 2:30-3:30 p.m. It varies each week, but usually the kids have about five classes to choose from each session.

The middle schoolers only have one offering per afternoon period.

Summer school coordinator Shirley Arneson said the summer programs are popular again this year.

The numbers prove it too. There are roughly 375 kids enrolled in summer school classes. However, with late additions, the number is expected to increase.

Last year, there were about 385 kids in the program.

All sessions will end July 17. Until then, the kids plan to keep learning and playing.

As teacher Jeannie Jeske said, there's no shortage of fun in summer school.