It was a time of learning mixed with fun for seven Dayville High School students who traveled April 24 through 25 to the Oregon Coast and the State Capitol.
The first stop for the teachers and students was in Newport at the Oregon Coast Aquarium where they were educated about local animals, birds and sea life. Among the highlights there were staff presentations with sea lions, seals and sea otters.
The field trippers explored the coast, and watched science teacher Jim Latshaw make his kite dance with the wind. After dinner at famous Mo’s restaurant, they searched Newport’s boardwalk for trinkets, salt-water taffy and souvenirs to remind them of their adventure.
The group spent the night at Ralph and Toni Goodwin’s home in Waldport, enjoying the breath-taking sunset over the ocean.
They were up early for a trip to Salem where they observed the Oregon Legislature in action, including State Sen. Ted Ferrioli introducing a bill for its third reading. They witnessed the Senate voting, passing the bill easily. The group then toured the Capitol, led by one of Ferrioli’s staffers.
In a private meeting at the Senator’s office, students and chaperones were given an opportunity to question Ferrioli about his bill, as well as other issues such as school funding and politics in general.
Dayville alum Renee Inscore gave students a tour of Corban University, where she is currently a junior, studying education and competing on the collegiate track team. The students also visited Willamette University.
Dayville English, government and health teacher Margee Powell said the trip was a way to tie in government and science lessons they’ve had at school.
“Since the Legislature is in session we wanted to let the students watch them in action,” she said. “We decided to add a science element to the trip ... as well as college tours, since we were in the valley. The trip was not only full of learning and laughter, but students also got a glimpse of what college life might look like.”