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Area high school students check out Raspberry Island
Physics students made their way to Raspberry Island to help maintain and gain knowledge about the island. Brad Phenow reports.
The 51 students hailed from Bayfield, Washburn, South Shore, and Drummond High School made their way to Raspberry Island to help maintain, and gain knowledge about the island.
They experienced a new type of bus ride, taking a boat to Raspberry Island in the Apostle Islands. It was part of a service learning project.
17-year old Tristen Cadotte says he learned how the light houses are used in the present day.
"We actually learned quite a bit about lighthouses and what they do on the island. They said that they are starting to use the lighthouse less and less because of the technology that the boats have now. But they still keep them just in case technology fails."
Another 17-year old classmate Issac Shrider says it’s cool to see the lighthouse again.
"I learned a lot like how they had different sizes going on numbers on the light houses. Where number one was the smallest going all the way up to number six which was nine feet tall"
Rick Erickson is a Science and Alternative Education teacher at Bayfield High School. He says the experience is the most exciting for the kids all year.
“It gives students a chance to get out into the park which is right in our back yard. It’s a place where all these students grew up but they don’t always get a chance to go out there.”
He says the students are learning more about where they live.
“A lot of times after experiences like this when the students come back if you ask them what they learned a lot of them would say nothing, they’re gaining this experience in a way that they don’t even realize that while they’re doing it they’re learning new things.”
Neil Howk is the Assistant Chief of Interpretation for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. He says the project is beneficial for everyone.
“It’s all about getting the student not just into the park but also doing service learning projects. Doing projects that are beneficial for both the park and for the students. Mr. Erickson and I have been working together to generate the grant with the National Park Foundation for the last three years, and we’ve been very successful in getting the grant just because of all the great work Rick is able to set up.”
17 year-old Ellie Hoopman is a Bayfield High School student. She and her twin sister Emily agree getting out of the classroom is a plus but they enjoy doing what they can to help the community.
“We harvested the vegetables in the garden on the Island, and those will be donated to a local food shelf. We also had a tour of the lighthouse and learned a little bit about the history of the island and the lighthouse keepers.”
Erickson says his next trip is a bit farther than Raspberry Island. He wants to take the kids to Siberia.
“It’d be kind of cool to let kids from Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake by surface area, meet with kids from Lake Baikal in Siberia, the largest fresh water lake by volume.”
He says he has been communicating with a teacher in Siberia. He hopes to make the trip next summer.
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