Concrete students get immersed in mountain science at Snow School

This is a story written by Kimberly Cauvel and published in the Skagit Valley Herald February 22, 2020.

One morning in mid-February, eighth-graders from Concrete caught snowflakes on their tongues and took a few falls as they learned how to walk with snowshoes strapped to their feet.

“I am so pumped!” 14-year-old Phoenix Young said — not about a typical snow day, but a day spent at Snow School with 27 of his peers.

Snow School is one of several youth programs offered by the nonprofit North Cascades Institute, which works to expose youths, adults and families to the outdoors of this mountain-to-sea region.

The Snow School program brings middle school students to the Mt. Baker Ski Area nestled between Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan to the north of Concrete.

“It’s a great opportunity,” eighth-grade science teacher Sacha Buller said. “A lot of these kids have never been snowshoeing before and have never been up here before.”

The program is expected to serve about 700 students this winter, including from all middle school students from the Burlington-Edison School District. This year marks the first time the Concrete School District has participated in the program.

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