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Amber Hardman, director of Lübeck Primary School, speaks to the Wood County Schools Board of Education about the jungle theme of the Wild About Learning program. (Photo by Larry Launstein Jr.)

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to expand its program with Westbrook Health Services to offer psychological support services to two middle schools in the district.

The board voted 5-0 to expand the services now available at VanDevender Middle School to students in Jackson and Blennerhassett.

Superintendent Will Hosaflook said that a parent must agree to accept their child on the program and that school counselors will help identify those who may need the services.

The board also accepted the results of the Waverly Elementary School auction, which sold the land back to the original families for the same price the Wood County Schools paid for the property, a total of $ 5,000.

In other areas, the board heard a presentation by Amber Hardman, director of Lübeck Elementary School, and deputy director Stephanie Agee about a program designed to get students into school and keep them busy.

The program is called Wild About Learning, and Hardman and Agee said they developed it last summer, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced students to study online at home.

They adopted the jungle theme. Each class gets an animal to get to know.

“If you like coming to school, you will come more often” said Agee.

“The number of participants is something that we want to constantly improve.” said Hardmann.

According to Agee and Hardman, the school offers What I Need (WIN) Time, where students are divided into small groups to work on specific skills. They have one too “Hush-hush” Day that students can meet a special guest like a firefighter or Batman. This should also make the learning process more fun.

“We want our children to come to class without knowing whether it will be a top secret day.” said Hardmann.

Although the program is supposed to be fun, there is a serious side and an attempt to take learning at Lübeck Elementary School to another level.

“I think Lübeck is a good school historically, but it could be a great school.” said Hardmann.

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