Minturn Middle sixth-graders ready for Fruita trip |

Minturn Middle sixth-graders ready for Fruita trip

Johanna Friesz
6th Grade writing teacher
Minturn, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyClockwise from top left, John Rulon, Rubi Madrid, Margo Henzler, Laurel Halverson, Maddie Evans and Amie Hixon stopped to pet a dog at the Minturn Middle School Paws for a Cause doggie walk March 20

MINTURN, Colorado “-Tucked far back into the woods, beyond the roar of the interstate and the rush of the day-to-day, lies the hidden treasure of Minturn Middle School in Minturn, Colorado. The walls of this school extend into the woods, cross the river and journey high into the mountains that surround it. It is the perfect setting for learning and an even more perfect fit for an Expeditionary Learning school.

On Thursday, March 20, the sixth-graders worked together as a crew to host the first annual Paws For A Cause doggie walk to raise money for their end of the year field work in Fruita.

The event was a huge success! Thanks to the thoughtful preparation of the students, who sewed doggie booties, baked doggie treats and human treats, and created sponsor tiles to help advertise all of the generous businesses that contributed to the event.

The event included a race/walk around the Maloit Park Trail, a silent auction and treats for both the two and the four-legged participants.

The items up for sale included student-made dog booties, dog biscuits and bandanas. A beautiful student-made brochure that highlighted the history and geography of the trail was given to all participants.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

With all funds raised at the event, the sixth-grade crew will be able to embark on an adventure trip to explore The Colorado National Monument in Fruita. They will apply their knowledge about the importance of rivers to different civilizations, and their knowledge of Colorado geology and plants. While gaining experience working as a crew in the field, the students will be in charge of nearly every aspect of the trip from building camp to recording important data about the plants and animals that inhabit Fruita.

The sixth-graders at Minturn Middle School have been rigorously studying content based around this year’s expeditions: A River Runs Through It and The Stories Cross Creek Valley Tells. They have also been perfecting another important element of all Expeditionary Learning schools, which is to build a culture of strong character and respect for each other and our surroundings.

Minturn Middle School would like to thank all the sponsors, friends, families and our local community for its support and for making possible this authentic and purposeful journey into the wild. Let the expedition begin!


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