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Students and their community coaches celebrated the inaugural year of the Students First initiative during year-end recognition ceremony in May at Bemidji Middle School. At left, Willow Miller, who last year was a seventh-grader, jokes with her coach, Marjorie Giauque. Pictured in the back are student Janis Hawk and her coach, Margaret Burger. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Students First pilot project gains momentum

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BEMIDJI – Every student can benefit from having another caring adult in their life.

That is one of the core beliefs behind Students First, a schools initiative that partners students with community coaches.

“It’s really an opportunity for the student to talk about their own talents and individual strengths,” said Lara Gerhardson, coordinator of the program.

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