DISD students study at Camp Goddard

Thanks to Denison’s ever-generous Smith Foundation and Munson Foundation, all Denison ISD fifth graders once again had the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Goddard this fall, interactively learning about archeology, ecology, paleontology and other dynamic science fields in Mother Nature’s grandest classroom.

“This incredible learning experience wouldn’t be possible without the generous funding we get from our foundations as well as others who contribute,” said Robert Mears, DISD’s Camp Goddard director. “We’re just so very grateful for everything they do for our kids to help them be successful.”

Camp Goddard, nestled in Oklahoma’s beautiful Arbuckle Wilderness, offers students the perfect environment for studying and learning about fossils, astronomy, dinosaurs, plants and wildlife, weather, conservation and preservation, Native American history and other interesting subjects via nature hikes, exploration and fossil digs, hands-on projects, and one of the best museums between Dallas and Oklahoma City.

“Our fifth graders have been going to Camp Goddard for many years, and I continue to believe that it’s one of the greatest educational experiences we offer,” said DISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott. “In addition to learning a lot about science, our students also enjoy fishing, archery, canoeing, hiking and a lot of other outdoor activities that help them develop good social skills and a deep appreciation of nature. Many of our older students tell us it’s the single most memorable experience of their educational years at Denison ISD. We’re very grateful to our Smith Foundation, Munson Foundation, and other service organizations, businesses and individuals for sponsoring Camp Goddard scholarships for our economically disadvantaged kids. These scholarships ensure that all our fifth graders can attend Camp Goddard, regardless of their ability to pay the tuition. It’s just a wonderful blessing…and a priceless experience for our kids.”

Fishing on a bright sunny day ranked among B. McDaniel fifth graders’ favorite things to do during their week-long stay at Camp Goddard, a state-of-the-art science and environmental studies camp located in Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Wilderness.

B. McDaniel fifth graders studied paleontology and Native American history in Camp Goddard’s state-of-the-art museum, where the skeletal remains of dinosaurs, fossils, artifacts and exhibits showcase the early lives of North America’s earliest inhabitants.

B. McDaniel fifth graders learned and sharpened their archery skills during their week-long stay at Camp Goddard, a science and environmental studies camp located in Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Wilderness.

A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of B. McDaniel fifth graders and instructors as they hiked the majestic trails of Camp Goddard in Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Wilderness, where they learned about the many rock formations, fossils, flora and other artifacts they discovered during their week-long camping adventure.

A group of Denison fifth graders learned to canoe during the third week of DISD’s annual learning enrichment program at Camp Goddard, made possible in great part by grant scholarships from the Smith Foundation and Munson Foundation. “This incredible learning experience wouldn’t be possible without the generous funding we get from our foundations as well as others who contribute,” said Robert Mears, DISD’s Camp Goddard director. “We’re just so very grateful for everything they do for our kids to help them be successful.”

Smiling faces reflect the unique joy experienced by Denison fifth graders as they hike trails and learn about archeology, geology, paleontology, ecology, Native American history and other subjects in one of Mother Nature’s greatest classrooms: Camp Goddard, located in Oklahoma’s majestic Arbuckle Wilderness.

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