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Hands-on Learning Unearths History

Jackson Hole Middle School eighth-grader Jerry Henderson works to dig out a prehistoric fire hearth at an archaeological site at the Linn Canyon Ranch in Teton Valley, Idaho. The students are digging as part of their instruction in local history.

Jackson Hole Middle School eighth-grader Jerry Henderson works to dig out a prehistoric fire hearth at an archaeological site at the Linn Canyon Ranch in Teton Valley, Idaho. The students are digging as part of their instruction in local history.

While most of the other seventh- and eighth-grade students dug through trenches at last year’s archaeology camp, Maleah Tuttle was stuck at home with appendicitis.

But she got her redemption this year when she joined in on a real archaeological dig at Linn Canyon Ranch in Victor, Idaho.

“We’re trying to figure out what happened 5,000 years ago,” Maleah said as she meticulously scraped through layers of dirt searching for stone flakes. “It’s kind of amazing to think that we’re just digging and it’s revealing stuff from the past.”

Students in Jackson Hole Middle School’s PEAK — Promoting Enrichment and Acceleration of Knowledge — program test into it and are usually at the highest levels and abilities in their classes.

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