Education

For kids with special needs, a trip to camp or a therapeutic summer activity can be a life-changing experience. Bethany’s Butterflies Scholarship, which started last year, has the goal of making that quintessential summer pastime accessible for more young people with special needs.

Olivia Witt

Activities: Cross-country, basketball, track, Student Council
Volunteering: Preteen church camp photographer, member of NHS and NEHS, strings teacher

Precious little is as critical to parents as the early education opportunities afforded their children. Thank goodness the Valley is teeming with options. Here’s a closer look at just 10 of the many.

The start of the school year at St. Patrick’s in Hudson will bring new students to school via the introduction of a 4-year-old kindergarten program, which St. Patrick’s will host as part of a community partnership with the district-wide program being launched by Hudson public schools. St.

Sylvan Learning Center offers a number of ways for students to succeed in school. This means anything from help through homework support to transcripts to ACTs to accelerated reading courses.

As a kid, Claire Willett needed a refuge like the St. Croix ArtBarn in Osceola, Wis. Sports culture pervaded when she was growing up, but that didn’t click. “I needed to feed the creative side of my brain,” she says.

Pop in on a Stillwater Rotary meeting, and you’ll frequently hear from a guest speaker or two.

As St. Croix Preparatory Academy graduate Maddie Wilkinson began working on her college applications last year, she knew the personal essay was an important part of the process. But she says many people, including herself at first, often underestimate how much weight the essay truly carries.

Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. Luckily, there’s help.

According to Michael Smith, director at Huntington Learning Center in Stillwater, the best way to get kids ready for the challenges of a new school year is to dedicate a little time each day to refreshing their skills in math, reading a

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