Student trip to Panama in plans for next spring break

by Carolina King

Markus Van Meter gave Ouray School Board members an idea of what students will do on a spring break trip to Panama in 2020 at the board’s meeting on Monday. Van Meter recently returned from Panama where he got to experience firsthand an “abbreviated version of what students would do.”
Van Meter is the director of the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
Next year, incoming freshmen will take a six-day trip. They will study with Smithsonian scientists at a research center that Van Meter said was once a military base the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency used for spying on Russian submarines.
Students will have a day of snorkeling to collect data followed by hands-on experience in the lab and classroom research on how the wetlands and economy of the region are affected by the canal.

Playground grants
The Ouray School Board was excited to hear that funding is secured for a new playground. Superintendent Scott Pankow presented a certificate of appreciation to members of the Elks Lodge at the board meeting Monday night after the Elks recently raised $7,000 for the project. (See story in March 14 Plaindealer.)
The school also received a $110,000 GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) grant as well as an ECHO (Early Childhood Health Outdoors) grant of $5,000, which board Vice President Nicole Skoloda said...

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