Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Looking Back on Costa Rica


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While in Orosi, the students visited local mountain man and coffee grower Nano, who took them to his famous waterfall. Back (L-R): Gabby Sexton, Seth Linford, Tessa Grimes, Jesse Weis, Jacob Haley, Hunter Mincey, Angus Batchelder and Trace Stone. Front (L-R): Paige Holmes, Stephanie Robbins, Nano, Bridget Laird and Dan Willig.

SEELEY LAKE – Spring 2016 marks the fifth time Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) teacher Trace Stone escorted a group of students to South America. The opportunity was open to any high school student willing to help raise the required funds, approximately $1,700 per person. This year Stone and Seeley Lake Elementary School teacher Bridget Laird took 10 students to Costa Rica.

When Stone started the program in 2010, he named it Destinations for Education. He has taken groups to Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Through experience, Stone has refined his understanding of what works an...

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