Lowell Elementary hosts cheer rally ahead of testing


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The hallways are full of cheers at Lowell Elementary in Sioux Falls this week. 

In an effort to pump up students in kindergarten through second grade ahead of “MAP” testing, the older kids are lining the hallways and hosting a cheer rally. “MAP” testing is used to track students’ progress in the classroom throughout the year. Second-grader A’Nahji Butler says the encouragement is appreciated. 

“Yeah they help. They help a lot and they make some of us feel better,” Butler said. 

“So that the kids know that if you work hard and you set goals, you’re probably going to have a lot of success later. But it’s not always easy, it takes grit. It takes perseverance,” teacher Jessica Ries said. 

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