WORTHINGTON — The Independent School District 518 Summer EDGE program draws to a close next week with July 3 being the last day for students. ISD 518 students have been busy in classrooms, seminars and field excursions gaining valuable knowledge, real life experiences, and working to improve their core skills throughout the month of June and into early July.

Students at Prairie Elementary have been focused on core skills, but have also had the opportunity to take part in many craft-creating activities and projects that tie into their core curriculum. Some of these activities include crafting pinwheels and creating collages. At the middle school, students had an interactive program relating to Flag Day in which students were shown various flags that represented the United States of America throughout the years. A later lesson on duck habitat was applied to hands-on practice. After a presentation from guest speakers, students created duck habitats with the knowledge they had gained.

ISD 518 would like to thank the many volunteers who have offered up their time and expertise in many fields. People across our community have generously taken in some of our students for educational opportunities such as learning about native wildlife species with John Shea and Catelyn Lacour from Nobles Soil and Water Conservation District. Students also took a tour of Minnesota West Community and Technical College and received information on career choices and scholarship opportunities from Amber Luinenburg and Carissa Haberman. These are just a few of the people from our community who worked with students in their fields of expertise. ISD 518 thanks everyone who helped broaden the horizons of our Summer EDGE students.

Another thank you is in order for those who donated services and items to the EDGE program. Thank you Marthaler Dealerships in Worthington for donating T-shirts to the EDGE program for our students and staff. Thank you Ric Stewart of Rickers Photography for donating your time and talent in taking photos of our EDGE students.

Thank you to our wonderful staff, teachers and paras, custodial staff, food service staff and everyone in between for another great summer program. Lastly, an enormous thank you to the students who took part in the Summer EDGE program. You all were exceptional learners, and we are excited to see the excellence in education you achieve in the 2019-2020 school year.

Parker Sandhurst is District 518's communications coordinator.