By Madison Fantozzi
LAKELAND — In one South McKeel Academy classroom, girls sit around a table fitted with a strawberry tablecloth wearing strawberry-printed bonnets. They sip on strawberry juice and munch on strawberry wafers during a reading lesson on the book “Strawberry Girl” by Lois Lenski.
Down the hall, there’s a classroom of boys sitting in different positions — some contorted in rubber tires, others in a pirate-themed tiki hut and some at regular desks — during a geography lesson.
The fourth-grade girls and third-grade boys are part of the charter school’s first single-sex classes, which started this year, despite years of controversy in other school districts across Florida and the country.
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