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COPY-Area summer schools see rise in enrollment

Menomonie (WQOW) - An area school district is making some changes to boost summer school enrollment.

The Menomonie School District says around 1,000 students are participating in summer school programs this year. In the past, the number was closer to 900. The district says this year it has made several changes, including adding a field trip on Fridays, offering breakfast and lunch, and tweaking the curriculum.

"We've done Monday through Thursday for parents, but what we didn't realize is, the feedback we were receiving was "What do we do with our kids on Fridays?" said Susan Mommsen, Coordinator for the Menomonie Summer School Program.

The Menomonie school district has offered summer school in the past, but this year is different.

"We offer things like sewing class, gymnastics, swimming, we have tractor safety courses for kids who are looking to move into the farm community, we have an opportunity for kids to get real up close and personal with animals," Mommsen said.

"It's just a really fun way for students to keep their mind moving during summer while making it fun too," said teacher Liz Welch.

So far, the new options are going over well.

"It's a great opportunity for our kids and our parents to see how busy this building is on a daily basis. It doesn't matter if it's during the school year or in the summertime, we are constantly running a full school. So our summer school program enrollment is bursting at the seams really at this point," said Mommsen.

Menomonie isn't the only school seeing an increase in summer school attendance.

Officials in Eau Claire, Bloomer and Durand say they are seeing increased enrollment.

Durand offered just a pair of courses in past years, but the elementary alone is offering seven courses this summer.


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