PHOTO GALLERY: Last day of summer school classes in Columbia

Friday, July 16, 2010 | 9:57 p.m. CDT
Middle schoolers, from left, Brian Williams, 12, James Murphy, 13 and Jaylon Freelon, 13, put finishing touches on their cardboard chair while their classmate Jakob Hewett, 12, takes a break from working on the last day of summer school in Columbia. "I'm taking a good break," Hewett said. "I went all out on these pieces."

COLUMBIA — Summer school classes ended Friday in Columbia. This year teachers built their own curriculum instead of using lessons supplied from an outside firm, and that meant teachers kept their students in mind with classes such as "Cardboard engineering" and "Cooking with friends."

Jakob Hewett, 12, left, and Chris Pyles, 12, put the finishing touches on a cardboard chair Friday, which was the last day of summer school. The two were enrolled in a class called "Cardboard Engineering" at Lange Middle School.
Peeking through a piece of cardboard, Cameron Craig, 12, watches a classmate measure exactly where the slots should go to attach the headrest to their cardboard chair on Friday, the last day of summer school in Columbia. The project was part of a class called "Cardboard Engineering" held at Lange Middle School. "You can actually sit on these. We've tested them out," Craig said. "They work really well."
Tiffany Hartley-Burton, 12, left, plays a game of Go Fish with Karen Hines, a special education teacher, during a class party on Friday at Lange Middle School. "The last day of summer school is for celebrating the fun," Hines said. "They worked hard to learn."
Middle schoolers, from left, Holly Curtis, 13, Tyme Franklin, 13, and Keonna McCoy, 13, talk during cleanup of their "Cooking with Friends" class at Lange Middle School on Friday. They made up hand symbols to represent a "group of girls that hang out," said McCoy.

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