February 12, 2017
Eco writing, spearheaded by senior high English teacher Ms. Katie Belanger and junior high English and math teacher Ms. Kristin Gilbertson will be a summer elective course that is open to grades 10, 11, and 12. “[The class is] an intensive environmental and adventure study. It’s for students who love both writing and the outdoors, and who want to combine those two things,” Belanger said. The elective course will be unique from all other classes in that it will be held exclusively over the summer. “Seniors can take it as one of their English classes, freeing up other things here during the regular school year,” English department head Mr. Tom Backen said.
Finally, the class culminates with a special experience for students up north with their classmates. “All of this prep work, reading nature writing, talking about it, and going for hikes, exploring it through our writing, will come together with a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters from July 7 to July 15, which will be led by the Lake Trails Base Camp out of Oak Island, Minnesota,” Belanger said.