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Mayor to teach classes May 4 to Park Rapids middle school students

Nancy Carroll (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll will serve as an educator for a day in Park Rapids Area School District as part of Education Minnesota's "K-12 Business Connection" program.

Carroll accepted an invitation from Education Minnesota-Park Rapids to spend a day in a classroom to learn first-hand what it takes to be a good educator. She will be teaching Friday, May 4.

"This is not a 'red carpet' tour, but a real, roll-up-your-sleeves day where business people work side-by-side with students and educators in our classrooms," said Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher. "This opportunity will enable business and community leaders to see first-hand the challenges and the triumphs happening every day in schools across the state."

Education Minnesota-Park Rapids President Shawn Andress added that she hoped the project "would allow educators and students to become more involved in business and civic organizations in our community."

Mayor Carroll will visit Century Middle School activities under the guidance of seventh grade social studies teacher Ardis Johnson. Carroll will also share her knowledge and understanding of local government with students. Eighth graders will present the updated city of Park Rapids website.

"We applaud the participants for setting aside valuable personal time to demonstrate their commitment to the teachers and students of this community," Andress said. "We know it will be time well spent and an enjoyable day by all."