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Those teachers, for their part, were grateful for the enthusiasm and idealism—and the strong science backgrounds—of our students. They hurled themselves joyfully into the activities or outings that Middlebury students suggested. These Bristol connections seemed valuable enough to merit expanding in two ways. In 1995-96 we placed pairs of Middlebury students in public schools all around Addison County,Vermont—not only in Bristol, but also in Salisbury, Lincoln, Monkton, and Starksboro. Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol was also involved in that year, as Middlebury Junior High School was in the following one.

Locust Valley Elementary School Bayville, NY Grade 4 I wanted them to know this year was going to be different right from the start. On the first day of school, as soon as all the children were in their seats, before anything else, I took them outside. Our year began outdoors and ended outdoors. In between we were very busy. ” I told my students we were going to learn about their place by going out and exploring. I wanted them to gain a greater sense of wonder, joy, knowledge, and reverence for the natural world.

When spring arrived, the group from the Teton Science School came to class, and students met their pen pals, who now became their group leaders as they experienced the river. The class was excited to find that the camp was just like the ones described in Expedition Yellowstone. On the second day, students were taught how to conduct waterquality tests on the river water. This was a huge project, but once again, the community provided an expert artist who came to class and helped the students with proportions.

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