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Bath Tubs and books at Blue Ridge for Jonathan Salazar, left, and Citlali Esquivel during an independent reading session at the school Friday morning. Under the direction of new principal Kim Doepker, Blue Ridge has undergone some new and unique changes.

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Blue Ridge Elementary School puts readers in the tub

School uses different approaches to help meet ambitious academic goals.

WALLA WALLA — Two girls in Kate Hohimer's first-grade class curl up with some Junie B. Jones titles in the bathtub that is the centerpiece of the classroom's reading corner. On a large area rug where the tub rests, other students lounge while flipping thr


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