A sunny day in mid-May provided quite the adventure for fifth graders in Ginger Rackley’s class at Saluda Elementary.

The idea for the journey came from high school junior Richard Lytle as part of a school service project requirement. The day began with a science-based Muddy Sneakers lesson at Fishtop Access in Saluda and ended with a kayak trip down the Lower Green River. The trip took the coordinated efforts of Saluda Elementary School, Muddy Sneakers and Green River Adventures.

The students had an outstanding experience with Green River Adventures as they were guided down the river. Parents expressed positive comments about the trip.

“Gabe loved the kayaking trip today,” said parent Sherrie Huffman. “Whoever coordinated and planned all this, they are awesome. He said it was his favorite field trip ever. Thank you for giving the kids this chance.”

“Yesterday was the most amazing day I have ever had,” said chaperone Gina Harms. “Watching those kids have the time of their life while learning new things brought me so much joy.”

“It was an amazing opportunity for the kids to do something new and experience it together,” said parent Ashley Marion. “I always love seeing the kids get off the bus when they get back because they are smiling.”

The students also had a few things to say about the trip.

Bailey Staton summed up trip with one word: “Blast!,” before adding, “this is one of the most exciting and amazing things I have ever done.”

“Some of the things you think are fun won’t be after kayaking, because of how fun it is,” said Kayden Lookadoo.

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