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One reason to have recess unstructured is to let children have time for social interaction. From left are Kassandra Yang, Olivia Faller, Kayla Lanigan and Lia Snyder. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)

Play, then eat


Unlike other School District 833 elementary schools, Cottage Grove sends kids out to recess for 20 minutes before lunch.

"They are so eager to get out and play," said Beth Sprouls, Cottage Grove Elementary School, playground monitor last Thursday on one of the only days to get above freezing so far this year. "But they do that even when it's really cold."

Sprouls, Amy Stanton and Tricia Back watch to see that all goes well on the playground.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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