Roosevelt Students Learn from Lewis and Clark

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These students love learning about history and today, it's not just their teacher.

They have a new visitor in the classroom.

"We're able to tell some of the stories of Lewis and Clark that can't fit in one classroom session," said Daymon Mills of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

These fourth graders are learning the history of Lewis and Clark, two men who explored the northwest in the 1800s.

To get a feel of their history, they were given replicas of items used at that time.

"I thought the beads were pretty cool because they didn't use money and just for one simple bead, they could trade everything," said student Quetzalli Porras.

"They had beads for money and now we have it for jewelry," said student Garrett Carpenter.

Mills came from the Lewis and Clark Interpretative center in Washburn where interpreters go to different schools farther out.

Roosevelt Elementary was the last stop for the program.

"The grant was basically given to us by the Hess corporation," Mills said. "They wanted to give back to the surrounding regions, the Bakken area. They just don't have the logistics to come to our location and so, because of that, we're able to meet people and students we normally wouldn't be able to.

Mrs. Sipma, the teacher of this class says this was the first time they've ever done something like this and she hopes to be able to do it again.

Mills says representatives from the interpretive center met with more than 1,000 students in areas including Ray, Crosby, Dickinson, Minot and Jamestown.