8th Graders Venture Out Within Cherokee and Clay County


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Back in early December, the eighth grade class spent a day traveling around Cherokee and Clay Counties exploring destinations that helped students understand what life was like in our counties in the not-so-distant past.  Eighth grade social studies has a strong emphasis on changes and growth in North Carolina during the past 200 years.  What better way to study than to look at some examples in our community?


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This day of exploration included a tour of the John C. Campbell Folk School where students explored gardens, saw classes in session and experienced demos from resident artists.  They also discussed the value of handmade goods and learned how the Folk School was created to support Western North Carolina farmers and provide a space for community empowerment.


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Students also toured the grounds of the old Ogden School and spent time rock hounding on Trout Cove.  At Trout Cove they hunted for Fairy Crosses and other fun rocks and minerals.  They also took time to discuss the geology of our mountains and understand the unique nature of living in one of the world’s oldest mountain chains.


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To learn more about TLC’s Venture Out Program use the category selector in the right hand column of this blog and select “Venture Out.”


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