Salida Visits History Colorado to Kick Off the Year!


Longfellow Elementary students started this year off on the right foot by going on their first SOLE field trip in the first month of school! Getting a jump on the year meant taking all four classes on a three hour bus ride to downtown Denver’s History Colorado. By the time they arrived, everyone was eager to sit out in the beautiful sunshine and enjoy some lunch together.

When it was time to go in, the excitement was palpable! As students arrived in the main lobby, many were excited by the buffalo and large floor map of Colorado. Four groups were divided to head off to explore different areas in the museum.

One area that was particularly popular was all about the Dust Bowl. This week it is easier than ever to imagine being caught in a giant natural disaster such as the farmers suffered through in the Dust Bowl with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the south, wildfires burning throughout the west, and earthquakes in Mexico all happening at the same time. What is truly difficult to think about is how long they had to endure the storms and the conditions they faced. Students got a taste of what it would be like by entering a simulation house that reenacts a ‘roller’ storm complete with sound and light effects.