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Lubeck Primary School Principal Amber Hardman talks to the Wood County Schools Board of Education about the jungle-themed Wild About Learning program. (Photo by Larry Launstein Jr.)

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to expand its program with Westbrook Health Services to provide mental health support services to two middle schools in the district.

The board voted 5-0 to extend the services now available at VanDevender Middle School to students in Jackson and Blennerhassett.

Superintendent Will Hosaflook said a parent must consent to their child participating in the program and that school counselors help identify those who may need the services.

The council also accepted the results of the Waverly Elementary School auction, with the land being sold back to the original families at the same price the Wood County Schools paid for the property, a total of 5,000. $.

In other cases, the board listened to a presentation by Lubeck Elementary School Principal Amber Hardman and Deputy Principal Stephanie Agee on a program developed to help bring students to school and keep them engaged. while they’re at it.

The program is called Wild About Learning, and Hardman and Agee said they developed it last summer, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which required students to be home to learn online. .

They adopted the jungle theme. Each class receives an animal to discover.

“If you like to come to school, you will come more often” said Agee.

“Attendance is something that we are always trying to improve” said Hardman.

According to Agee and Hardman, the school offers What I Need (WIN) Time, where students are divided into small groups to work on specific skills. They also have a “Top secret” day, where students can meet a special guest like a firefighter or Batman. This is also intended to make the learning process more fun.

“We want our children to come to class without knowing if it will be a Top Secret day” said Hardman.

Even though the program is designed to be fun, there is a serious side to it and an attempt to take learning at Lubeck Primary School to another level.

“I think Lubeck is historically a good school, but it could be an excellent school”, said Hardman.

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