Students Find Out What It Was Like For Lewis And Clarkby Erin Albanese
Byron Center Public Schools, MI —
Byron Center West Middle School student Saige Dykhouse helped hoist a canoe off the ground and move it to a new location, ready to forage for food with her classmates. She and her eighth-grade group were taking a trek full of challenges and difficult tasks, like starting fire from flint, dealing with injuries, building bridges, creating shelter, marking trails and tracking animals.
The class was reenacting the journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. “It wasn’t easy. It was hard and a lot of work, and they had to do it for a lot longer than we did,” Saige said. The eighth-grade students “traveled” in groups on the expansive stretch of land behind the school, simulating the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition that explored lands west of St. Louis.