This week, the school district sponsored a lumber grading "short course" for students of Ridgway and Johnsonburg along with adults from the community. Overall, 23 people participated in the course. The "short course" is a four day course that helps prepare students to take the longer, full-fledged lumber grading course. Students spend the first day reviewing basic math skills. Things like adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions are stressed. The students then move on to actually learning how to grade lumber. Barry Kibbe from the National Hardwoods Lumber Association teaches the class. This is the third year the school district has run the class. I am very excited about this class and I believe it gives our students real life experiences that can help them as they look for employment in our community.