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Wildlife area trip rewarding

Joy! Excitement! Awe! The Great Outdoors as experienced by fourth-graders is an event all should be so lucky to experience.

We would like to express a big thank you to Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole, the Sunnyside School Board, Chief Kamiakin administrators Kim Frank and Alysia Arsanto, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff members Robby Saks and Chuck Gibilisco, Cliff's Septic, bus drivers and parent volunteers. It is because of their insight and dedication that our students are able to participate in an ongoing (eight years) conservation and restoration project at the Sunnyside Wildlife Area.

As you know, students currently enrolled in the Sunnyside School District are being challenged to meet academic standards in all curricular areas, but especially reading and math. Finding enough time in the school day to meet standards is a difficult task for teachers and students alike. A program that takes students outside the classroom is incredibly rewarding, as well as an opportunity to deepen the academic standards through application.

With the generous support of the people who help make this possible, we will be able to continue this project for another eight years!\

If you're a community member looking to volunteer, we'll be taking another trip to the wildlife area in the spring.

Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.

/s/ Erika Barrom & Amy Peters, 4th grade teachers, Sunnyside

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