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Gainesville Middle offers a different kind of summer school
SOAR creates fun ways to learn, adjust to new school year
Christopher Benitez, 13, joins classmates Tuesday morning as they learn a choreographed dance segment for a video the class is producing at Gainesville Middle School. The school has started a new summer initiative to help students get ready for the next school year and also have fun.
In one classroom at Gainesville Middle School last week, eighth-graders were working with a choreographer from the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, perfecting dance moves for a video the students were creating. Down the hall, rising sixth-graders were making boats of different shapes and discovering which shape could hold the most pennies. Meanwhile, seventh-graders in another room were trying to figure out how characters they had created could escape a concentration camp during the Holocaust.