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Some students are choosing to stay in the classrooms

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PASCO, Wash.- School is out for most but some students are choosing to stay in the classrooms.

They aren't writing essays or adding numbers.  These kids are playing instruments.  And they say they'd rather be here than anywhere else.

The Pasco Summer Music program started nine years ago and continues to meet the needs of over 400 students. 

Performing and Visual Arts Facilitator of Pasco Schools, Russ Newbury, says not only are students having fun but they are learning positive skills for their future.

"There can be inherent risks where you can have inactive kids who really don't have any guidance in the home," says Newbury.

Lack of guidance and activity could possibly lead kids to illegal activity, says Newbury.

But with a music program kids can attend four days a week they will be supervised and entertained. 

Newbury says, "We are literally changing their stars and it's happening,"

In addition to the music program, mentoring, leadership and summer school are offered.  To get more information on summer school activities call your local school district.