RHINELANDER - Every school year, more and more students and parents choose virtual learning.
Students in online programs can then take classes they might not have been able to take before.
Rhinelander High School has one of these programs.
80 students are enrolled this year.
Some only take a couple classes online and some are all online.
But online choices can cross district lines, too.
Some students decide to open enroll in an online school in a different district.
Like all districts, Rhinelander would much prefer to keep those students in their own district.
"It's an issue for all school districts. All school districts want to keep their students happy. So I would hope that if they're looking at opportunities outside of the district that they'd also come in and look at our opportunities and compare them and decide what's best for their students," says Virtual Learning Coordinator, Kandi Bartelt.
An outside student who open enrolls into the School District of Rhinelander can't be fully online.
"Because we are not a charter school we are a program within our school district and for being part of the school district the state does have requirements of physical attendance," says Bartelt.
Rhinelander virtual learning leader says students who want to take online courses need to be self motivated.
MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.
For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.
The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.
Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.
Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.
The goal is 175,000 packed meals.
Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.
"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.
Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.
The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.
Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.
"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.
Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.
The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.
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