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Ellsworth schools take step for old to benefit young

It's said being around youths can make an old person feel younger.

There are benefits for young people under this arrangement, too. The elderly have developed a lifetime's worth of skills and experience to share.

Ellsworth School District officials intend to tap into what senior citizens have to offer by making the Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP) available in the district. The program is being implemented in the local schools immediately, according to Superintendent Barry Cain.

"We already have had some seniors who've volunteered in the classroom," Cain said Thursday, mentioning Harlen Menk, who's helped with alternative education efforts, and the late Doris Murphy.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 23.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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