“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
October 3, 2018: K-8 field trip to Decatur Island School (click on photo to view in enlarged format)
Students attended a presentation by author Ben Mikaelsen. Ben shared a powerful anti-bullying message, along with his love of words, bears, skydiving, and inspiring stories from his life. Thanks, Ben! Someday, we hope to meet again. Thanks to Decatur Island School, too!
Island Express Water-taxi transported us to Decatur Island. A dry, comfortable, and swift ride through the islands.
Ben plays a question game with a student..."Have you ever been to Alaska?"
A selection of books written by Ben Mikaelsen. On the table in front of his books, "Jonathon Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach; a book which inspired Ben and gave him the drive to persevere.
Ben presents to Shaw Island and Decatur Island students...When Ben was young, writing was very hard for him; an obstacle he overcame!
Students and a guest with Ben...and many bears! Did you know that Ben raised a bear that lived with him for 27 years?
Two students are ready to play "Human Bingo". A game of questions and making new friends.
The question game. "Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut?"
Make yourself special...Be Different!
Ben shared stories, jokes, and words of wisdom with students.
Through the question game, a Shaw student reunites with two Decatur students!
So many colored pencils to draw an illustration to accompany, "When I was young on an island..."
The question game. "Have you ever seen a bear in the wild?"
A parent and students write and create an illustration.
Decatur Island students love bears too!
Dahlias are the trademark of the Decatur Island teacher.
A pirate ship!
Students on their way to the Native American site.
Students learn the Decatur Island history of Native American tribes.
A student tends a make believe fire.
Students make their way down the beach covered with weathered driftwood.
On the garden fence: A, B, C, D, E, F.....Z
Driftwood gate secures the Decatur Island School garden.
Beware of pirates, or so the sign warns!
September 21, 2018: K-8 field trip
Heritage Flight Museum and Riverstone Climbing Gym in Burlington, WA