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Children First: hands-on summer education

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Summer education or summer school typically has a negative connotation for kids, but make it a fun hands-on activity and it may have a whole new meaning.

Everyday in the next this month and next month,a group of kids are getting a lesson in paleontology at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. They're digging for replica mammoth bones. Since the junior paleontology classes began at the site in 1993, more than 40,000 kids have had a lesson.

Elementary educator at the site, Sharon McLain, says the summer classes give kids an opportunity to continue their education outside of the classroom during school-break. "Education is important and if you can find something in the summer that is not always book learning, something fun and hands on they don't really realize they're learning," She said.
 
There are four junior paleontology classes offered every day of the week in June and July and limited classes in August.
They're $12 per child. To ensure your child gets a spot, reservations are recommended.
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