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A lot going on in Turner: Field Trip, Clean up, Booster


July 4, 2018

The Turner students in grades, K-12, on the field trip are pictured back row L-R: Hudson Honey, Lex Wolery, Bridger Hawley, Willie Krass, Quin Billmayer, Olivia Keller, Hannah Van Voast, and Hudson Simons. Middle Row: Dane Frey- Haluszka, Colt Leitner, Savannah Heilig, Izzy Van Voast, Lucas Grabofsky, and Piper Fox. Front Row: Amos Billmayer, Harley Beck, Gracie Zellmer, Maddox Keller, Madalyn Billmayer, and Alaina Egbert. Adults accompanying the students were Mrs. Harmon, Mrs. Beck, Mrs. Fox, and Mrs. Maloney.

At the close of every school year, the elementary students at Turner take a little field trip to celebrate the close of the year. This year the students and their teachers traveled to Havre to the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump. It was a beautiful day with all the bushes at the site in aromatic full blossom. It was in this area that immense herds of bison roamed the grassy plains along the Milk River. Archaeology at Wahkpa Cju'gn reveals that native people used this site extensively for at least 2,000 years. Hundreds of bison were drove over the slope that overlooks the beautiful Milk River. This site was discovered in the 1950's, and has been under the protection of Hill County since 1964. Fantastic preservation of animal remains are preserved in layers at Wahkpa Chu'gn and provides a visual tour in itself. It truly is a unique place that has been preserved for many years. The site is open to the public and with a reservation made prior in advance, a knowledgeable tour guide will assist you in a fantastic tour of the site and all their findings that have been preserved.

A knowledgeable tour guide let the children experience a buffalo hunt. They were given, under direct supervision, an ancient weapon called an atlatl, to throw at a buffalo model. Here, Savannah Heilig takes her attempt at getting down the right stance to throw it. It truly was a fun afternoon. Savannah is the daughter of Rachael and Kent Heilig of Turner.

A tour was also made to the IGA Bakery. The children got to experience how rolls, cookies, and cakes were made. They saw all the kitchen appliances that are used on a daily basis in preparing the many loaves of bread, donuts, and other pastries that the business sells each day. The children were given a cookie at the close of the tour.

Another highlight of the day was having lunch at McDonalds. Upon returning home, the students enjoyed having a recess prior to their bus ride home. It was a wonderfully fun day!


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