'Twas wet and windy with temps only mid-fifties, but two busloads of Marathon Junior High School students did a two-mile (or more!) hike around downtown Wausau this morning. They were given GPS points and clues to about nine specific historical markers (or buildings). As each small group reached their first destination they needed to learn about the significance of that marker and answer a couple thought-provoking questions before getting coordinates and clue for the next site. Of course, we "docents" at each site tried to add more to the students' information. The docents also learned new, neat stuff too!
The kids did very well. There was no grumbling about the weather; they were focused on solving their questions. Perhaps the hiking helped warm them up. (And there was hot pizza at the end of the trip.)
These kids will be following the theme of war and peace for several weeks after this -- most of their school lessons will involve the theme. I believe they will finish up with a public display of what they've learned.