For students seeking brighter futures, there is new hope in a program that provides positive intervention for some of the poorest performing middle schoolers.
At Zimmerman Middle and High School, Middle School students in the bottom 15 percent have the opportunity to participate in Traverse, which stands for Teaching Respect, Attitude, Versatility, Empathy, Responsibility, Success and Ethics. It is a program of character education, service learning, and enrichment.
Organizers are encouraged as students appear to see the light and hopefully discard poor behaviors and choices that they made in the past.
Elk River Area School District employees developed the program after finding that there was a gap among the vast offerings of programs and services. School social worker Jenny Manthey and special education teacher Kevin Jost came up with a solution for students at the very bottom of their grade levels.