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Luke Trebil, a third-grader at ACGC North Elementary in Atwater, reads aloud Wednesday during his class reading period at the school. Trebil's teacher is using a fundraising website in hopes of enhancing the reading materials she can utilize in class. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams) website raises money for west central Minn. school projects


ATWATER -- Teacher Katie Ruter sat on a stool in front of her class, listening while the third-graders took turns reading aloud from a story about a man who collected rocks.

They had just finished learning new vocabulary words and discussed the difference between biographies and autobiographies. They talked about what it means to be unique and what it might mean when someone told the man that he had "rocks in your head."

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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