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Students hike to explore wonders of winter at Camp Rockford

Rockford — So it’s cold and snowy outside – so what? 

So what Parkside Elementary fifth-graders did was trek about three miles north to Camp Rockford, on Rector Avenue NE along the Rogue River. There they spent the afternoon building survival fires, pinecone bird feeders, snow forts and snowshoeing through nature. The culminating activity was a bonfire complete with marshmallow roasting and hot cocoa.

Along the way they stopped at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, where they met two beautiful horses named Zoey and Bennie. 

“This was such a beautiful bonding experience where we made great memories,” said teacher Tara Dzirbowicz. “Parents picked up from the location and before they ventured off with their parents, the kids were adamant that we MUST return. I can’t wait to use the site again for learning and celebrating spring.”

On their next day of school the students reflected on the experience in reading and writing exercises tailored around what they had learned.

“For many of them this was the first time they experienced some of these activities, Dzirbowicz said. “It was a great joy to share it with them.”

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

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