Yesterday, I was a chaperone on my 3rd grader’s field trip. The planned activity was a hike. Although my daughter didn’t necessarily want me along, I signed up to chaperone. There was a lot of parent involvement so the ratio of children to adults was pretty great. One parent behind me said that the teacher was so cool because she never did a hike with her school. I said that I figured it was the benefits of having a male 3rd grade teacher. Despite the fact that I’m a female who blogs about the merits of hiking. 🙂 My 6th grade daughter was NOT at all impressed with the option of a hike for an end of year activity. ha ha 🙂 Anyway, these 3rd graders did amazing on our 2+ hour hike up varying terrain to Boise’s hike called “Table Rock.” I did NOT hear one single complaint and they all kept up. The teacher said that 5 out of 7 of the years they had done that activity, they had had an injury so he was equipped with a large first aid kit with him at all times. We added a plus 1 as a minor injury from our group so next year the injury count will be 6 out of 8 years. We had a lunch at the park afterward. Then, we visited the old Idaho state penitentiary.
It was a very interesting place with a lot of history. I have never been to Alcatraz, but this place has a lot of history of the Wild Wild West. VERY AWESOME!! At the end of the day, I was pretty much exhausted and teachers spend every day with a lot of active children in a job where the rewards are not financial, but meaningful. Teachers are awesome!