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Finding Your Groove

With the school year off to a fast start, students across the nation are getting back into the groove of the school year, some faster than others. For roughly 700 elementary students in Cedar Rapids this past summer, the groove was found about 10 weeks...

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Tricks of the Trade

Katelyn Schany Grant Elementary Site Manager And just like that, the school year has come to an end. It has been a great year for KOC at Grant Elementary. We have had a lot of fun with Learning Lab, Enrichment, SPARC Friday, YMCA Basketball, Cedar Rapids Track Club,...

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May the 4th Be With You!

GREG WHITE Van Buren Site Manager & Star Wars Fan May 4 is a day celebrated worldwide as Star Wars Day. Its origin lies in the films’ most famous line: May the Force be with you! Star Wars is experiencing a new cultural renaissance through recently released and...

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Claire’s Favorite Books

CLAIRE STEVENS Van Buren Site Coordinator With the end of the school year fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to create a list of some of my favorite books from when I was in elementary school. The local public libraries are awesome places to go for a summer...

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13 Things Parents Can Do

JAIMEN PANGBORN Wilson Site Manager One thing we all know is that students who have families who are engaged in their education are more likely to achieve academic success. Kids on Course staff have had the opportunity to work with a Family Engagement Specialist by...

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Magnets and Tiny Houses

DAVID SAVINO Roosevelt Site Manager Earlier this month marked the conclusion of our middle school Learning Lab program, an effort championed by teachers and students alike who were willing to spend a few extra hours each week after-school to discover new interests. ...

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Kids on Course University 2017

Luke Reynolds, Harrison Site Coordinator As the weather gets warmer I am reminded that summer is on the way and with it, Kids on Course University.  KCU marks the beginning of arguably my favorite part of the Kids on Course calendar and I’ve narrowed down why this is...

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SPARC

SPARC KATELYN SCHANY Grant Elementary Site Manager If you walk among the halls of Grant Elementary on a Friday, you may hear a buzz about something called SPARC. To an outsider, you may find yourself wondering, “What exactly is SPARC?” Well, SPARC is a program Grant...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

TYLER ZARUBA Harrison Elementary Site Manager With Valentine’s Day this past week and seeing all the students and teachers giving out Valentines, I was inspired to give out some Valentines of my own. So here is just a little appreciation from all of us at Kids on...

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