Summer school activities

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Staples Motley Schools offered a mix of speakers, classes, field trips and other activities to students attending the first summer school session June 13-23. The focus was on reading, writing and math as well as social skills. Above, Carmen Genske, U of M Extension shared gardening tips for Staples Elementary School’s garden. She also showed them how to harvest and wash their lettuce so they could have it for lunch during the week. Below, Shelly Miller, school food service director, served lunch. Other speakers included Jeff Halverson, conservation officer; Staples Police Chief Missi Birkholtz and Sergeant Ron Case; and professionals from Lakewood Health System. Jody Johnson and Pat DiGiovanni taught grades K-2 at Staples Elementary. Tammi Brisson and Lisa Przybilla taught grades 3-5 at Motley Elementary. Val Turner and Kermit Klefsaas taught grades 6-8 at the middle school.

Above, from left, are Talan Goeden, Genske, Elizabeth Tangeman, Raina Mikhaeil, Josie Jennissen, Grandma Peg Foer, Peyton Jares and Lydia Chenoweth. Below, from left, are Miller, Peyton Jares behind Elizabeth Tangeman; back, Raina Mikhaeil, Josie Jennissen, Addison Fonteyn; front, Gage Wilkins and Adrian Caldwell.

Another summer school session will be Aug. 1-4 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call 218-894-2433.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100 Staples, MN 56479 Telephone: (218) 894-1112 - Fax: (218) 894-3570 Toll Free: 1-888-894-1112 E Mail:;

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