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More than 1,000 students in Summer Stretch

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Teacher Kym Wright is shown reading to students in the cartooning class for students in grades 2-4 at Starr Elementary. Photo submitted by Tricia Schlicht2 / 3
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Summer learning fun.

Imagine the walk into a classroom and notice an active environment where the teacher supports unusual ideas, provides choices, uses creative strategies, encourages multiple interpretations and solutions, and provides constructive feedback. Welcome to a typical day during Summer Stretch in the New Richmond School District.

Summer Stretch, which takes place in June each summer, provides a great mix of enrichment and review classes. Every year, a wide variety of classes are offered to peak the interest of all children.

This year, in grades pre-kindergarten through seven, more than 1,100 students spent three weeks engaging in a variety of learning activities. With classes ranging from Amazing Artists to Soccer Time to Cupcake Wars to Reading Success, students registered for electives designed to immerse students in topics which most interest them. As a result, while there is a seriousness to the learning, there is also the relaxing buzz of excitement, laughter and fun.

If your child was unable to participate this summer, plan now for next summer. Summer Stretch is offered three weeks each June. All students in grades PK-7 are welcome.

Summer is a great time to stay involved in learning and enjoy the Wisconsin outdoors. As Summer Stretch draws to a close, think about ways you can keep learning alive in your home. Below are tips from "Top 10 Easy Summer Learning Tips for Parents."

• Read. Read. Read.

• Have fun with numbers.

• Turn off the TV! Turn off the screens!

• Make art!

• Experiment! Do Science.

• Eat Smart. Eat Healthy.

• Get Outside. Take a hike. Play in the sun. Go for a bike ride or a run. Visit a park.

• Go to a museum—again and again.

• Read a poem.

• Finally, go to sleep!

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.

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