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By Don Ogle 

New Sixth Grade 'Student' Learns Valuable Lesson


December 8, 2017


Gene Russell, in Bronco jersey, and other sixth graders talk to school counselor. Mrs. Brauer during lunch. Russell, who most days is the West Elementary principal, took a day to see things from the sixth grade point of view.

When Gene Russell arrived for his first day of sixth grade at Sidney's West Elementary, he, like others before him, didn't quite know what to expect. But after a couple of hours, Russell's new classmates began to accept him and as the day wore on, drew him more and more into their fold.

But young Russell is very different from others who come in to join the other West sixth graders. Even before he joined the class, he was familiar with its members, but from a very different perspective.

It's that change of perspective that Russell wanted. Prior to Tuesday, and for the remainder of the year,...

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