Growing up, back to school season was one of my favorites. As a “Type A” person, I reveled in buying new pens, pencils, folders, notebooks and planners—don’t get me started on my love for a fresh planner! This back to school season is a little more special for my family, as my younger brother is off to start his senior year of high school, and will soon be a graduate and off into the world.
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of chatting with a few other soon-to-be high school graduates, and they offered a glance into what high school looked like during the pandemic, how they overcame challenges and what they’re looking forward to during their senior year of high school.
St. Croix Preparatory Academy 12th grader Violet Redstone says, “... I’m most looking forward to exploring what I’m pursuing. I’m excited to have more freedom with myself and explore what I may end up doing.” Ava Roots, Stillwater Area High School 12th grader, shares that sentiment through her advice for incoming ninth grade students. She says, “... Try things. Find ways to engage with people around you … Enjoy it, and do the things you love to do, and the rest will follow.” Meet more graduating seniors on page 22.
We’re also taking a peek at other classrooms—namely New Heights School, which is looking to add the first inclusive playground in the Stillwater area in conjunction with the Madison Claire Foundation. The playground, currently in the funding stage, will feature rubber flooring, ramps, accessible swings and more. Read about the inclusive playground on page 14.
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