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Summer School Begins in Bismarck

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School may be out for the summer...

but that isn't stopping many students from putting their thinking caps back on for summer school.

"It's exciting and all the kids are excited and they're pretty antsy," says Rashawn Kitzman, Teaches 1st and 2nd Grade Summer School Classes.

While most kids hang up their backpacks to collect a little dust over the summer...these backpacks are right back in school.

"It's been very fun for me. I've been doing this for two years now," says Luke Naslund, 2nd Grader.

Luke is one of more than 17 hundred elementary school students enrolled in Camp Edventure Summer School.

"The goal of Camp Ed is to continue reading and math skills throughout the summer. We have a six week program and it runs from eight to noon and so we like to focus two hours on reading and two hours on math," says Brenda Beiswenger, Camp Ed Coordinator.

Class sizes are also smaller which teachers say helps them get to know the students better and they're able to do more activities.

"In the summer, I think we incorporate more games and more fun learning activities," says Kitzman.

"We do like free writes and it's just like - she gives you a subject and you just write about it. You can't stop writing and if you can't think of anything, you just write a simple little word because she says if you write one word, it gets your mind going," says Abby Lardy, 5th Grader, Prairie Rose Elementary.

Not only are the students able to maintain their skills, but they're also able to maintain their friendships.

"I get to see everyone from the school year. Lots of my friends come to summer school with me," says Naslund.

With a combination of summer, friends, and a little learning in the A.M., these eager beavers are sure to make the grade.

"I just want to say that it's been a great experience and I've really like it," says Naslund.

"Perfect, do you think you're going to continue doing summer school every year?"

"Yep, well my mom says I have to," says Naslund.

This year, just over 3 thousand students in grades on through 12 are enrolled in summer school courses which is about 30 percent of Bismarck Public School students.

Summer school runs through Tuesday July 15.

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