26 Mar 2011, Posted by admin in Stories, No Comments.

The 10 Days Begin

By Ariel Cheung


Walnut Hills High School students landed in Costa Rica Friday, March
25, as part of a new online course development project.

The students will spend the next 10 days at Morgans Jungle Lodge on
the Osa Peninsula, gathering data about the ecosystem and experiencing
the culture.

After a 4-hour flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, the 22 students took a
5-hour bus ride to Dominical, a tourist town on the western coast of
Costa Rica.

“We spent so much time in transit, but it was definitely worth it to
get here,” said Katie Brown, 15, a freshman at Walnut Hills.

On Saturday, March 26, the students will arrive at Morgans Jungle
Lodge, co-owned by Gary Morgan and his family of Cincinnati natives.

“What I personally love the most is taking somebody down [to Costa
Rica] — especially someone who’s never been out of Cincinnati — and
I like to see them evolve,” said Morgan, 55. “The way that they look
at the monkeys and the foliage and the ocean — that’s the good stuff
in life. You can’t pay for that.”

The trip is William Schnure’s second. Schnure, a biology teacher at
Walnut Hills, plans to create an online course based on the trip.
Schnure says he hopes the trip will become an annual project and lead
the way for more online high school courses.

After the students arrive at Morgans Jungle Lodge, they will be
touring the nearby city, exploring the rainforest and visiting
indigenous people in the neighboring areas.

The New Media Bureau will continue to update this story.

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