Jaxson Ruff

Fireworks season is around the corner, and Jaxson Ruff’s explosive mohawk is fitting for the Fourth of July.

Jaxson, 5, is a Council Bluffs native and is going to be a first-grader at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in the fall. He is currently in the middle of Camp Summer Explore, the Council Bluffs Community School District’s six-week summer program. There are 291 first- through fifth-graders enrolled in the elementary program, which is being held at Bloomer Elementary School this year. Reading instruction is one of the top educational missions of the program, with a goal of improving student reading skills in the district. Fun, educational field trips are also part of Camp Summer Explore, with students visiting places like Midlands Humane Society, Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha and the One Step Garden at the West Broadway Hy-Vee.

Jaxson said he is “happy” to be going into the first grade. He already has plenty of friends from kindergarten joining him, so they’ll be able to take in their new experience together. He said he is excited to play with his pals and learn with his new teachers. He said his favorite subject is reading.

Jaxson enjoys Independence Day for more reason than one. Mainly, it’s because his birthday falls on July 4. He said his family is taking him to Kansas City to celebrate, where they will watch fireworks, visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and more.

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