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Mary Jean Hanson works with RES kindergartner Sophie Valsler on a reading assignment. Hanson has worked with Sarah Schaefer's kindergarten class since February through the Learning Buddies program.

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Mary Jean Hanson is very popular in Sarah Schaefer's kindergarten class. Each Tuesday morning Hanson volunteers through the DARTS Learning Buddies program.


"My kids absolutely love MJ. They all want a chance to read with her. They have benefited greatly from her," said Schaefer.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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