Students at Three Rivers School do more than the basic reading, writing and arithmetic. They also sweep, mop and take out the garbage.
With fewer adult hands to clean the buildings, several elementary schools have asked kids to help with the chores.
The benefit, school officials said, is a chance to learn about responsibility while taking ownership in their school.
T.J. Christensen recently squeezed a pink sponge dry as he held it over a sink. He’d been working throughout the day, taking out trash, shoveling snow and wiping a classroom mirror clean.
“It’s sort of fun,” the third-grader said.