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Freedom students full of energy even on early release Wednesdays

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By Stephen Thomas

 HEBRON ESTATES - Freedom Elementary students are full of energy on early release days.

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The school recently implemented ‘Energy Day’ as one of its monthly early release day programs.

Each month the Freedom Family Resource Center sponsors an early release after-school program.

“We saw this as an opportunity to reach our students in a different way than we do on a daily basis,” said Freedom fourth grade instructor Michelle Hendricks.

Freedom originally hosted “Wii Spree and Healthy Me” programs featuring nutrition, healthy snacking and exercise.

“While these programs went over quite well, we felt that it was time to change up the Core Content we were presenting to our students on early release days,” Hendricks said.

Tim French with Salt River Electric spoke to a group of students about the science, as well as the dangers, of electricity. French included advice such as staying away from downed power lines or hot wires.

“We see these programs as win-win,” said Hendricks. “We’re engaging the students in ways that would be difficult in the regular classroom.”

Hendricks added that early release programs also benefit Freedom parents who have difficulty adjusting to the short school day scedule.

“The kids are learning and having a great time and we’re providing parents with an option for student supervision,” she said.