Kudos & Kindness: Class trip to Sutter’s Fort gave students a glimpse of history
On Thursday and Friday, May 17-18, my fourth-grade class participated in the Environmental Living Program at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento. This is an authentic learning experience in which 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 in our class who sacrificed their time and energy to get us to the fort. I also want to thank the El Dorado Community Foundation, which awarded us a grant of $1,800; Tahoe Valley PTO’s help with last year’s and this year’s fundraising events; Rose Valero, who worked with our class daily to make a class quilt. We proudly displayed the quilt at the fort and now at our school; Susie Richard trekked all the way from Idaho; Rich DeBraga, Tom Tazelaar, Darcy and Colby Glaze, Dianne Salzenstein, David Berne, Chris, Linda, Courtney and Allyson Cromwell, Kirra and C.J. Davison, Alana and Stacy Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Margaretich, Mrs. Jett, and the Degischers. Thanks to Overland Meat Company and C. Meeks for helping us with our period food and toolbox supplies. Also thanks to Bev Dore for her Avon fundraiser.
All together, we made this year’s trip back in time to Sutter’s Fort a successsful 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
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