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Austin Harer, pre-third grade student, said summer school made him more prepared for the upcoming school year. Ann Rock, a third grade teacher as Westside Elementary School, is his summer school teacher at Rocky Branch Elementary School. Rebecca Rudolph photos

School year ends, students still flock to class

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For some, summer school rings bells for long days of punishment masked as education.

But that stereotype is old. In the River Falls school district, an array of fun, stimulating classes to build on a student’s education are now underway.


“It’s a variety of opportunity for kids,” said Mike Johnson, school district director of academic services. “It’s not the typical summer school where you fail a class and boom you’re in.”

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