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Learning from the experts: PR Mayor teaches for a day

Mayor Nancy Carroll shared her extensive knowledge of government with Century students Friday, May 4. This class helps city officials with its website. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Park Rapids Mayor Nancy Carroll served as an educator for a day at Century School 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 taught seventh graders from Ardis Johnson's social studies classroom.

"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."

Carroll shared her knowledge of city government with the students Friday and answered questions. Then, students showed Carroll the work they had done to update the city's website at

Several students took one web page and updated it. They used themes such as political region, physical region and cultural region to organize the content. These are skills they learned in social studies classes.

Photos were added to the site as well.

Students from Johnson's classes have worked to update the city's website each year and students have taken tours of City Hall.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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