2018-07-04 / Front Page

Snails to Trails program celebrates 2018 session


Nathan and Emily Mann at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theater. (Courtesy Photo) Nathan and Emily Mann at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theater. (Courtesy Photo) Snails to Trails is a summer activity program that creates many fond memories for Cloverdale Community School students. It is planned, coordinated, and carried out by two veteran Cloverdale teachers, Susi Jordan and Jen Mann. While the coordinators and the format may somewhat have changed over the past 20 years, the purpose has not. Snails to Trails has and always will strive to provide cultural, educational and fun-filled trips at an affordable price to Cloverdale students.

Fifty-six children in grades 4-8 participated this year. The program took place the first two weeks in June. Each year approximately 25-30 students travel for one week to various cities, and surrounding states. They choose which weekly session to attend based on other summer activities they may have planned. Students pay a flat fee which pays for admission to facilities and transportation cost. This year a generous grant from the Owen County Community Foundation was also utilized to offset administrative and transportation cost. Although it is not a requirement for a student to attend, adult family members are always encouraged to join in the fun.


A shot from the group’s visit to the St. Louis Cardinal’s Stadium. (Courtesy Photo) A shot from the group’s visit to the St. Louis Cardinal’s Stadium. (Courtesy Photo) This year students went to Lake Michigan‘s Weko Beach for a day of fun and sun and saw the milking process used on large dairy farms at Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Ind. On the second day, they went tubing down Sugar Creek and bowling in Crawfordsville, Ind. To add a little culture, in the middle of the week, the students traveled to Indianapolis to Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre where they enjoyed a fabulous buffet lunch and saw the play Annie. Then, traveling to St. Louis, they saw the St. Louis Cardinals play the Cleveland Marlins and finished the day at Altitude Trampoline Park in O’Fallon, MO. To round out the week the students started in Wolcottville, Ind. where they hand fed Bison and learned about the Bison’s roll in American history. After enjoying a lunch of pulled Bison and Bison burgers, it was time to head to Albion, Ind. to learn about the importance of exotic pet ownership requirements and observe many exotic animals at the Black Pines Animal Sanctuary. Finishing off the day, the students were given a brief roller skating lesson, then roller skated, and played Laser Tag at the Roller Dome in Fort Wayne, Ind. This all happened in one 72 hour week! Then, it was time for Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Mann to load up a new group of students and do it all over again.

Students and coordinators, Susi Jordan and Jen Mann, look forward to more great trips next year.

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