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Metro students spend intersession giving back

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Many students in Metro Nashville Public Schools spent their time Monday in a different kind of classroom, as the district kicked off its first intersession period of the school year.

When Metro decided to adopt a balanced school calendar this year, it added longer fall and spring breaks. But with those longer breaks, school leaders also decided to offer intersessions during which kids could get remedial help or just have a hands-on educational experience.

At Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, students traded their books for boxes and pencils for canned goods.

Twenty-five high school students volunteered their time at Second Harvest, and in just three hours the students packed more than 1,600 boxes of food that will support other Metro students who need it.

The programs vary across the district, and many do not require students to sign up ahead of time. In addition to opportunities to volunteer, most Metro high schools are offering ACT preparation courses.

While the first intersession is only three days, the spring intersession is scheduled to last a whole week.

After the fall intersession is complete, Metro leaders will look at what worked and what didn't before planning for spring.

For more on the programs offered during the fall intersession period, visit 
http://www.mnps.org/Page89103.aspx.

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