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Local parents come together for a peaceful protest, in hopes the board reconsiders their decision for the upcoming school year

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- A local mom started a Facebook group called 'Parents for Wausau Schools reOPENING'.

That group led to a peaceful protest on the 400 block of Wausau Saturday morning, with parents and children asking the Wausau School board to reconsider their decision.

In attendance was 7th grader Taylor Dykstra. For her, school is more than just learning, it's about the whole experience. Which is something she says she misses.

Back in March, schools closed for the remainder of the year forcing students across the country to quickly change their normal routine.

Dyktra says, "some of the teachers don't exactly know how to work the electronics to get it all to work correctly so that was kind of hard like the email doesn't go through and then you're waiting like two days and you don't get anything you're just like what do I do?"

And with going virtual she says, you can't feel through a screen, she understands germs can't spread through a screen but it's not the same.

So, that's where a local single mom, April Van Rixel, took to social media and made a Facebook group. She says, "we wanted to get together because we need our children in school. She went on to say, "it's hard to let down your children but it's even harder to let them down because you don't have any other choice."

Van Rixel, hosting the protest in hopes the Wausau School board reconsiders or give parents the option to choose what they're most comfortable with.

And Dykstra says she hopes the board sees that kids really miss their friends and want to go back to school.

Amanda Lojewski

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