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Local School Hosts a Presidential CelebrationSubmitted: 03/06/2013
Story By Ryan Abney

MINOCQUA - This afternoon, students at Creative Minds Charter School in Minocqua dressed up like their favorite US President. The kids also had a chance to recite speeches they'd written to parents and other classmates.

Creative Mind's Teacher Suzie Scandin saw plenty of laughs this afternoon.
But to get a good grade, she said kids had to use different sources, use the right citations, and tell the audience something they didn't already know.

"Our goal was not just to tell who the presidents were; we also wanted them to get to know the Presidents as people. They really are people just like you and me. They (the kids)discovered that some of our Presidents weren't so great and that they had some bad habits that led to their demise."

Student Ben Nemcek had a chance to learn about our 3rd President. He told us about Thomas Jefferson's special gift from Lewis and Clark.

"When I opened the box I saw two grizzly bear cubs. I loved them so much that I built them a cage on the White House lawn."

President Barrack Obama also made a special appearance at the end of the presentation.

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