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Class helps pupils explore wild west

Pupils in the Westward Ho! program at Sutherland and Lake St. George elementary schools in Palm Harbor are building replicas of covered wagons and are studying the space and weight restrictions faced by pioneers who traveled into new territories.

Already, pupils have been checking a supply list and thinking about what they would take in a wagon if they were making a trip into the wild west, said teacher Jenny Klimis. They also have been discussing the kinds of problems pioneers encountered on the Oregon Trail.

Before classes end in July, pupils in the six-week summer enrichment program will travel to museums, visit with an American Indian and learn about the Gold Rush and buffalo herds. They'll keep a daily journal of their activities and, as a culminating activity, set up their own museum with replicas of items from the 1800s.

While pupils in Westward Ho! are thinking about what they might take with them, pupils from Skycrest Elementary may be thinking about what they left behind.

Daryl Shreve, art teacher at Skycrest Elementary in Clearwater, combined the designs of several fifth-grade pupils into a single pattern. Then, with help from Patrick Bogart and Advanced Metal Works of Clearwater, the pattern was cut from a 10- by 4-foot sheet of stainless steel and mounted on a wall on the east side of the school.

"The sculpture's unique design was created by accepting each student's design without question," Shreve said. Money from an auction of the pupils' artwork was used to pay for the project, he said.

Send information about schools and school related activities to Pat Scarberry, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 34616.