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Many hands help 3LK at CLK

June 16, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

We'd like to thank everyone involved with CLK Elementary's 3LK at CLK May 18. "Living, Loving, and Learning in the Keweenaw: Pedal PowerSafe Biking, Healthy Kids" was a huge success bringing science, engineering, biking, safety and healthy food education to 700 students, generating interest in careers, strengthening knowledge and sparking interest in biking.

Thank you to the Calumet High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps for welcoming bikers at the morning aid station, and to CLK staff who helped. A terrific number of students arrived at school under their own power - thanks to their families for helping with the logistics. A big thank you to Cross Country Sports for providing tune-ups as students arrived. Thanks to the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, Keweenaw Adventure Company, Cross Country Sports and the Copper Harbor Trails Club for the bike demonstrations, bike displays, safety and maintenance presentations. Our students can tell you why helmets are important, what a snow bike looks like, and where the pump track is.

Thank you also to Michigan Technological University's mechanical, civil and environmental engineering departments for loaning equipment and presenters, making this a fabulous science and engineering learning experience and to the Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education for coordinating this. We know that students' interest in engineering fields has been generated by your presentations and demonstrations.

Thanks to the Strom Family Farm for continued support of the CLK Heritage Garden. You've given so much time, materials and labor - our garden is well nurtured.

Special thanks to Julie Dlubula for preparing students through library presentations, entryway decorations, and enthusiasm for the project. The antique bike display looked great - thanks to the Oikarinens for the bikes, books, and photos.

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Sara Salo, we are grateful for your efforts through the School Food Tour promoting healthy eating and cycling for transportation and recreation. Your presentations made a lasting impression on our students.

Thank you to CLK teachers, paraprofessionals, administration and maintenance crew for endorsing and supporting this whole-school learning experience. We gained much as a school, and your cooperation was essential to our success.

Finally, thank you to the press for your continued support of our school events and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative project we have at CLK. The more we get the word out, the better informed our community is in our goals of outdoor learning opportunities and healthy choices along with stewardship of the Lake Superior watershed.

Well done.





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