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Alternative schools work to keep kids in school

7:12 AM, Apr. 19, 2013
West De Pere School District's Mid Valley Academy, 3310 Mid Valley Drive, Friday, April 12, 2013. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
West De Pere School District's Mid Valley Academy, 3310 Mid Valley Drive, Friday, April 12, 2013. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
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Not every school provides cupcakes served on a tray to students midmorning.

At Mid Valley Academy in the West De Pere School District, those recent snacks fit into an overall philosophy of creating a homey and accepting atmosphere. The school, started in 2011, provides an alternative for students at risk of dropping out of middle or high school. Like other area alternative schools, the academy provides a quieter environment for students to catch up on credits in order to graduate.

James Heinke, associate principal for West De Pere High School, said the program contributes to the school ...

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