On Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, my fourth-grade class participated in the Environmental Living Program at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. This is an authentic learning experience where students spend two days living and working the way California pioneers did in 1846 during the time of the Bear Flag Revolt.
First and foremost, thanks to all the parents, relatives, and friends of students in our class who sacrificed their time and energy to get us to the Fort. I want to thank the El Dorado Community Foundation and the Rotary and Kiwanis Service Clubs for their generous grants. We are extremely grateful to Tahoe Valley Elementary School PTA’s financial support and commitment to our school’s students. A heartfelt thanks, also, to the following individuals for their commitment of time and service to this annual event: Rich DeBraga, Tom Tazelaar, Kelley and Anthony Pedigo, Sandy Bobman, Ali Kipke, Dianne Salzenstein, David Berne, The Cromwell Family, The Wright Family, and Jamie Kostrap. A special thanks to Debbie Davis for her donation and service and who drove all the way from Idaho. Thanks to Overland Meat Company for the delicious tri-tips and C-Meeks for the wood to build our tool boxes. Thanks, also, for the $100 from our anonymous donor.
All together we made this year’s trip back in time to Sutter’s Fort a successful and unforgettable educational journey. Thank you all for allowing our students the opportunity to understand and appreciate California History during the 1840s.
Gene Matteucci and his fourth-grade pioneers
Tahoe Valley Elementary School