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TREES series visits Wolford School

By Staff | Feb 14, 2014

Submitted Photo Wolford School students pose with Project TREES coordinator Tom Gibson, in character as Pvt. George Gibson, at his “Traveling with Lewis & Clark” event on Feb. 4 at Wolford. Students pictured form left to right are Cody Yoder, Ashton Wendland, Cole Slaubaugh, Cole Martodam and Kaitlin Slaubaugh.

Students tried their best to communicate with sign language while trading furs at a fun event sponsored by the Pierce County Soil Conservation District on Feb. 4 at Wolford School.

The Regional Environmental Education Series (TREES) allowed students to take part in programs titled “Water You Doing?” and “Traveling with Lewis & Clark.” TREES project coordinator Tom Gibson, of Bottineau, entertained students with costumed portrayals of a German immigrant in the early 1800s and an enlisted Kentucky man, who would have traded at Fort Mandan in 1805.

The German immigrant “Gunnar” discussed the struggles obtaining adequate water with students from kindergarten to fourth grade, according to PCSCD clerk Clarissa Berndt of PCSCD.

“He shared a historical perspective about what life was like for the settler and how their lives were dependent upon a good, clean and constant supply of water,” Berndt said in a press release.

The Kentucky man, “George Gibson,” one of nine men from Kentucky was introduced to the fifth- and sixth-graders. Students traded furs and other speciality items, as if they lived during the days of Lewis and Clark’s travels through North Dakota.

Three teachers, 16 students and two members of the PCSCD staff took attended. Gibson will put on a similar series at Ely Elementary School in Rugby next school year.

– Tribune Staff Report

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