Students at Wheat Ridge Elementary School praise their expanded day.

Published in The Denver Post | August 29, 2013

Wheat Ridge Elementary launches longer school day

By Emilie Rusch

The dismissal bell rang, marking the end of another school day at Pennington Elementary.

It was 4:20 p.m., 8 1/2 hours after the morning bell rang at 7:50 a.m.

Ten-year-old Issac Maldonado said it felt more like two hours to him.

The day before, he learned how to kick a soccer ball during his last class.

Today, he and his classmates built a tower out of marshmallows and toothpicks, the tallest one winning a prize.

“It goes by quick, because it’s so fun,” Maldonado said. “It doesn’t feel long at all.”

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