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February 23, 2018

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Culture Club promotes social skills

Through funding provided by a grant from the Hodag Schools Foundation, some Crescent and Pelican Elementary School second and third graders are able to participate in a unique program called Culture Club.

Six third-graders, and six second-graders from each of the schools were chosen at the beginning of the school year to participate in Culture Club, which provides members with the opportunity to participate in various activities that promote social skills and opportunities to experience new things, program facilitators said in a press release.

Students in Culture Club may not otherwise be able to have these experiences, may be students in need of additional social skills practice, or may be students who are not very engaged at school.

There is one activity each month and prior to the activity the Culture Club members get together at lunch to discuss behavioral expectations during the event. Students learn about what will take place during the activity and talk about how they will show that they are responsible, safe, and respectful students representing their schools while out in the community.

Each school's third grade Culture Clubs are facilitated by the school's counselors, Carrie Braunreiter (Crescent) and Samantha Graf (Pelican). Second grade Culture Clubs are facilitated by Deb Breivogel and Karen Arnott (Crescent staff members).

Some of the events scheduled for this school year include:

• Building various projects at Home Depot's craft workshop (to learn the importance of following directions and problem-solving)

• Attending a play at Wausau Grand Theater (to learn and practice appropriate behavior during a performance)

• Eating lunch at a local restaurant (to learn about appropriate restaurant behavior, manners and how to order from a menu)

• Attending a high school basketball game (to learn about good sportsmanship as a spectator)

• Watching a movie at Rouman Cinema (to learn and practice appropriate movie theater behavior)

• Participating in a community service project (to learn about citizenship and compassion)

• Shopping for a healthy snack at Trig's (to learn about nutrition and how to budget money)

The final activity for Culture Club members will be an end-of-the year party at Hodag Lanes for bowling.

Students are especially looking forward to this activity, the release states.

The Culture Club students are always excited for each event and report to school staff how much fun they have being in the group.

When asked what they think about being in Culture Club, students have said, "We get to do cool things," "We get to try new things," and "I got to know some kids better." The students are very appreciative of the grant from the Hodag Schools Foundation, which makes this experience possible.

The facilitators would like to thank the Hodag Schools Foundation for providing funding so this group can continue in the coming years, the release states.

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