As far as pre-teen schooling goes, we all know the popularity rank of all the major classes:
- Gym Class
- Art Class
- Everything Else
And right smack dab in the middle of “Everything Else” lies social studies, (or maybe civics in some parts of the country): The half history/half politics class that mostly taught us about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and the Louisiana Purchase and the Trail of Tears.
In the Pacific Northwest, however, one 5th grade class took their schoolwork out into the real world to protect a maybe real creature.
As a result of a rather unique project, a class of fifth graders in Washington State successfully lobbied their local government to declare their county a “Sasquatch protection and refuge area.” The crytpozoological civics lesson was reportedly the work of students at Lincoln Elementary School in the city of Holquiam. According to their teacher, Andrea Andrews, the youngsters were initially tasked with researching the famed cryptid and determining “if Bigfoot was real and hadn’t been discovered yet, or that it was just a big bear and people had misidentified it.” This sparked something of a healthy debate within the class with opinions on the issue largely being split down the middle.