Bayfield fifth-grade classes embarked on a cross-content English language arts, science and social studies unit covering the idea that water is a profoundly important natural resource, but one that requires surprising ingenuity to find and maintain.

The fifth-grade focus was brought closer to home by researching the importance that Lake Superior and the Great Lakes play on our own freshwater resources here as well as the rest of the world by working closely with Ranger Steve Ballou from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Edith Leoso, Bad River tribal historic preservation officer.

Their research also showed the cultural importance water has in Indigenous cultures right here. Ms. Monroe's and Ms. Potter's classes brought this project full-circle by writing a persuasive essay directed to state and federal legislators and met with state Rep. Beth Meyers via Zoom on two occasions to voice their concerns and learn more about how every voice matters in our democracy.

Information provided by Bayfield Elementary School.

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