Opinion

Thanks for a great experience

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In early November, Opstad Elementary's 5th-graders

attended Camp Seymour on Key Peninsula. Over the course of three days and

two nights, these boys and girls had hands-on experiences learning about the

rich and varied environment of the Northwest.

Forestry, orienteering, kayaking, and marine life classes coupled

with the general camaraderie of cabin groups, night

hikes, and campfires provided memories these kids

will have for a lifetime to share with siblings and with their own children

in the years to come.

A big thank you goes to Carol Caldwell, Marty Cloud, Ileen

O'Leary, Karen Eddy, and Steve Bates, Opstad's 5th-grade team. These dedicated

individuals are critical to the success of this program. As a parent I

appreciate the effort, time and energy each of these outstanding educators put

forth to provide this opportunity for my child.

Also, we are grateful to the Mount Si High School counselors that

gave their time and enthusiasm to these 5th- graders. These young leaders

include Terese Taklo, Amber Bliven, Amber Schneider, Jessii Raisio, Ariah

Nobe, Lauren Berndt, Rufino Virata, Seth Holub, Andrew Ahmadi,

Adam Erickson, Isahia Cormier and Jed McDaniels.

You are the best!

Gerry Louviere

North Bend

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