Oak Heights third-graders build bridges to learning


October 19, 2022

Scott Swanson

Bridge-building third-graders are, in front, Kimberly Banta; in the second row, from left, Piper Cook,Cascada Stephenson and Aubrie Hadland; and in the rear, Finnley Mowery, Dawsen Pruitt, teacher Cheryl Jones, Amelia Tackett, Diamond McKinley II, Brody Carr and Josie Juza.

Cheryl Jones was pretty proud of her third-graders at Oak Heights School last week after they came back with an assignment she'd given them to build bridges – real ones, out of whatever they could find around the house.

"We were reading "Pop's Bridge" out of our Journeys curriculum and we were learning about bridges," she said, adding that the class discussed the 1989 "Earthquake" World Series (which was interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake that flattened sections of the Bay Bridge's upper deck between Oakland and San Francisco) and about how earthquakes affect bridges.

"So they're...

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