Students, families throng Century open house

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Students and their families dropped off school supplies, found their desks and lockers, met teachers, and explored their learning environment for the upcoming school year during the back-to-school open house Wednesday at Century School in Park Rapids.

Vehicles overflowed the school parking lot and lined the curb on Helten Avenue and Monico Lane during the event.

Besides a first look at their new classrooms, students also had opportunities to browse a used book giveaway, encounter representatives of organizations like the Cub Scouts and the Hockey Association, and tour outdoor play areas.

Each grade at Century Elementary School (K-4) learns in a "pod" of classrooms separated from the other grades, with their own common area for larger-group activities or lockers.

At Century Middle School, grades 5-6 and grades 7-8 learn together in three pods each. Each pod has its own set of core curriculum classrooms, allowing students in each grade to move from subject to subject as a group.

There was also a ninth-grade orientation Wednesday evening at Park Rapids Area High School.