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Local students learn in less traditional classroom setting


Some 65 middle school-age students relocated their classrooms to the great outdoors this week in Fayette County.

The students, including about 25 total representing Oak Hill and Midland Trail middle schools, participated in the second West Virginia University Science Adventure School at the sprawling Summit Bechtel Reserve headquartered in Glen Jean in Fayette County. They spent four days and three nights up on the mountain.

According to Dr. Alice Morgan, from WVU Recreation, Parks and Tourism, who serves as program coordinator and research specialist for the Science Adventure School, the SAS is a middle school-oriented program in its second full year. The program is set up to reach those students, often primarily sixth-graders, as they're "still trying to form those bonds" which help them as they strive to set their course in life.

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