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Lewis & Clark Overnight

By: Meridian 5th Graders

class_taraclarkphotographyIt was really fun making our way to Oregon! It was great to step in to our history books and to dig deeper into Lewis and Clark’s discoveries.

We were surprised by how close together the historical places were–when we read about them in class they seemed scattered around, so seeing them in person was eye opening! Our hands-on experience made the locations come to life. Learning new information was even more engaging because we could see and imagine how Lewis and Clark felt when they were discovering the area. We were all pretty surprised to find out that they celebrated Christmas, with a full ceremony and gift giving!

During our trip, we went kayaking on the Columbia River, visited Fort Clatsop and Fort Stevens, and went to the Maritime Museum and the Astoria Column. One group even got to play on the sand dunes and see the Peter Iredale (an old shipwreck on the beach).

lc_taraclarkphotographyThere were a lot of challenges on the trip, some of us had never kayaked before and almost fell over! But it was definitely worth it. Some advice that we’d give to 5th graders next year is to bring a raincoat, a sweater and a hairbrush. It will be colder and wetter than you think it will be. In general, wear more layers than you think you will need, because there’s no harm in being extra prepared. When you’re kayaking, don’t be afraid of tipping. The tenser you are, the more likely it’ll happen. Lastly, the trip might not be what you expect, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be awesome!

Community Service Day

By:  Meridian 2nd Graders

We hacommunity-service-day-gr25d so much fun at Community Service Day this year! Doing things to help isn’t always easy, but we had a lot of fun helping the community. During the day we picked up trash with little grabbers. One of the groups went to the sidewalk, and the other group walked around the park picking up trash left by people. We learned that there is a lot of litter, especially in places we didn’t think there would be, around our neighborhood. There was a lot of trash on the ground, and there was even a soda can in the middle of the road!

Community Service Day is important because it helps make the area cleaner, and makes the community safer for adults, kids and plants. It also makes the park and playground look good for everyone who visits.

It was great to work with our 5th grade buddies! It made it easier to not have to hold the trash bag and use the grabbers to clean up the trash. They also helped because they were able to reach the trash better with their longer arms. It was fun to have new people to work with, and was also nice to have so many parents there helping us out and keeping us safe.

We are very excited to be older buddies, and to spend Community Service Day with Kindergartners next year!

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