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Jake Zatko, a sixth-grader at Superior Middle School, gets help on some homework from Jordan Buhr, a student from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, at the middle school. Buhr and other UWS students in the GEARS program help the middle school students with homework, projects and missing classwork. (Jed Carlson /

Academic mentoring helps Superior students gear up for learning

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When the final school bell rings bringing the day to an end, students are smiling ear to ear and stuffing their textbooks into their backpacks, eagerly running out the door. However, the day isn’t over for all of them.


“I have to go to GEARS today,” said sixth-grader Berkley Freund. “I have to finish my homework right after school.”

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