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Wonder Walk: Father Marquette Catholic Academy embraces nature through outdoor activities

Father Marquette Catholic Academy first-graders Alex Geschwindt, left and Willa Betz participate in a “wonder walk” through the academy’s gardens. Students looked studied the various plants found on the grounds. (Photo courtesy of FMCA)

MARQUETTE – Father Marquette Catholic Academy students in October took advantage of good autumn weather to explore the school grounds.

The classical curriculum at FMCA embraces exploration and urges students to wonder. That curiosity is encouraged in various ways, and one way the school was able to accommodate that often this year — due to the great fall weather — was the opportunity to use the outdoors as a classroom.

With strict guidelines in place for social distancing and mask wearing, getting outside was appreciated by students and teachers alike.

First-grade students participated in a “wonder walk” through its outdoor gardens. These flowers, which were planted along the grounds and buildings,

are maintained by FMCA families and students.

The students viewed the various plants, wrote in notebooks and asked questions about God’s beauty in nature.

From left, Father Marquette Catholic Academy seventh-graders Rocki Stensberg, Alexis Curran, Halley Gerou, Liam Connors, William Niemi and Logan Curran harvest potatoes from the school grounds. They took the harvest back to the classroom and later cooked the potatoes. (Photo courtesy of FMCA)

Seventh-grade students harvested potatoes from the school grounds, which were planted earlier by one of the school’s gardeners. The students then took the potatoes back to the classroom and later cooked them.

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