A couple of St Mary's students, knew they were taking a great trip last summer, what they didn't know was that it would be an educational trip as well, one their parents believe will be remembered forever. One a 4th grader last year, learned a bit about early explorers Lewis and Clark. This trip took her to actual sites traveled by these explorers over two hundred years ago. She and her family visited the Lewis and Clark Visitors Center at the NE/SD border; Spirit Mound, SD, the Sgt. Floyd Memorial, the Missouri River waterfalls at Great Falls, MT, the mouth of the Missouri and Three Forks, MT where Lewis and Clark's expedition saw and named three rivers in honor of Jefferson and members of his cabinet. This year she and her fellow fifth graders have studied about Native Americans. Having visited the Knife River Indian Villages and a Hidatsa Garden as well as the Nez Perce National Historic Park, she has a greater understanding of these tribes once visited by Lewis and Clark. In her 4th grade Social Studies book she learned about the Continental Divide. Her sister may not have covered that in Miss Gasper's first grade class but she saw it firsthand as she and her family stood 8,391 feet above sea level. The family also visited some of America's greatest treasures- Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower, Mt. Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse monument. The girls also enjoyed the Corn Palace and seeing the beauty of the Pacific coast. With this trip under their belts and digitized for future viewing, the girls were ready for another new school year; and a new adventure. Blessed with inspiring teachers who would stretch their minds and excite their curiosity, and supportive and adventurous parents, the girls will, no doubt, see more of what they read in their textbooks in summers to come. Come take a tour of some of our country's historical landmarks in the photo gallery.
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