April 25, 2019
A highlight of the school year is our fourth grade annual trip to the Gold Country. This adventure is the culmination of many weeks of studying California history, understanding how gold was discovered in the Sierra foothills, and learning about what impact this had on the growth and future of our golden state.
Last Monday morning, 138 students boarded three Marin Airporter buses for the trip to Coloma. En route, we stopped in Sacramento at Sutter’s Mill and at the California state capital for a guided tour. We arrived at camp late in the afternoon and students were eager and excited to explore their tent cabins and the beautiful campsite located on the south fork of the American River. They could not wait to pan for gold and participated in the many activities, which the teachers planned for their gold country experience. Evening campfires, story telling, poetry reading, craft projects, and pick-up baseball games were all part of the fun.
Twelve staff members including teachers, paraprofessionals, Ms. Bozeman, myself, and our district superintendent enjoyed this special time with our students. Spending time side-by-side while hiking up to John Sutter’s statue, enjoying pancakes and hot chocolate in the dining hall together or simply learning about what hobbies and/or interests we might share with our young students allows us to share a bond that is different than that which happens on a regular day back on campus.
This unique trip is also an amazing opportunity for our students to meet other fourth graders whom they might not know. It provides a chance to establish a bit of personal independence and is a rite of passage as a Bacich Bear. While some students didn’t get much sleep due to the excitement of the adventure, every child returned to campus so proud of themselves and full of memories to last a lifetime.