RHINELANDER - It might sound hard to make school fun but when you take classes outside and turn school work into teamwork, it can happen. That's how 4th graders from Rhinelander's Central Intermediate School spent the day.
They had class at the District's outdoor classroom. It gave students the chance to get to know one another.
"You can see some kids introducing each other to other friends that they knew because they both came from different schools, Pelican and Crescent, and so, when they come to Central, it's kind of like a reunion again of where they were but then also with new people," says Shari Wendland, 4th Grade Teacher.
Kids moved through different sessions. They covered everything from science to gym class and art, but the main subject was teamwork.
"Of course they are cheering for each other. And first it's the boy-girl competition and then, all of the sudden, it's the whole class and they have to work together. So they're like, 'Come on, you can do it!' They're all excited," says Shari Wendland, 4th Grade Teacher.
Students also learned about turkey calling and aquatic invasive species from guest speakers.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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