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Glenshire second-graders learn survival skills, donate to humane society

Jean Fournier
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Glenshire Elementary second-graders love the open space next to their school.

While students can often be seen writing, reading or watching hawks and mountain bluebirds in the meadow, they also learn valuable survival science lessons in this beautiful space.

In March, second-graders from Mrs. Highfill's and Mrs. Fournier's classes participated in their annual outdoor survival lessons as part of TTUSD's Hug-A-Tree program.

With the help of many parent volunteers, students reinforce concepts they've learned in class as they rotate through six stations that include: preparing for activities in wilderness areas; how to build several types of shelters; creating signs and signals for rescuers; and the importance of helmet use and being with a buddy.

Further, as part of their ongoing Service Learning Partnership with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, all four of Glenshire Elementary's second-grade classes recently participated in a math project for the 100th day of school, with a goal of collecting at least 100 items to donate to the society's animals.

As part of a math assignment, students sorted and graphed items such as blankets, towels, dog and cat food, and pet toys, and all were happy they exceeded their goal.

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These hardworking second-graders are now looking forward to their field trip to visit HSTT in April, as well as participating in a series of lessons taught by HSTT staff who volunteer to teach second-graders at Glenshire Elementary.

Jean Fournier is a second-grade teacher a Glenshire Elementary.