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Celebrating School Success Stories With Post Cards

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--If you live in Linn County you've probably received a post card from the Cedar Rapids school district, its part of an awareness campaign.

From stem programs to the possibility of magnet schools, officials in the Cedar Rapids school district say they've got new and exciting things going on.

"We want to make sure that we can reach the broadest audience possible beyond even our own parents and their students in telling the great stories of our school districts, said Cedar Rapids Community Relations Supervisor Marcia Hughes.

"These are some of the post cards the school district is sending to residents. They basically highlight student success stories and applaud them for their achievements.

They were sent to every household in Linn County, with a price tag of less than 17-cents per card, a move that school leaders hope will show parents everything they have to offer, but if that happens and students change districts - it could affect neighboring districts.

"I don't think any of us looking at a business model would want to see our customers going somewhere else and them paying someone else to serve them, said Katie Mulholland.

Officials at Linn Mar School District say they were initially worried about the cards, but they also say it's normal to have a lot enrollment back and forth between school districts.

"But the other side of it is we would really prefer to keep all our students and educate them, said Katie Mulholland.

Folks at Cedar Rapids say not to worry, the cards aren't about open enrollment but about celebrating the success in their district.

"It's really tricky to get some of those good stories told in the community, said Hughes.

The Cedar Rapids School District is not just sending out post cards.

Their website also has more information about the success stories and how their students are doing.
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