Less than a week after a fire destroyed part of St. Croix Central Elementary, more than 640 K–4 students arrived at Camp Rolling Ridges on Monday to complete the school year. The St. Croix School Board has approved a lease of the property through mid-June.
More than 150 volunteers put in 900 hours during the weekend to transform camp buildings into classrooms, creating Panther Camp. Student campers even have 1700 new books to check out following a community book drive to replace books destroyed in the fire.
First day activities included outdoor classes, lots of recess time to explore the camp and a few songs. Parents said that the kids came home excited, exhausted and slightly sunburned.
There are no further plans for the lease to extend beyond mid-June. The property remains for sale, and River Valleys asks volunteers to not visit the camp for safety and privacy reasons.