Colorado teacher uses river as a classroom

River is a classroom for Colorado students

River is a classroom for Colorado students

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EVERGREEN, Colo.--  When Clear Creek Middle School teacher Brett Hochmuth heard about his students summer vacations, he knew they needed a new curriculum.

“I’d come back to school in August and hear my kids talk about what video game level they conquered.”

Which is why Hochmuth created the G.O.A.L.S. program, which stands for Get Outside And Learn Something. Giving teenagers the opportunity to tell a different story.

Clear Creek High School Freshman John Judge says, “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Hochmuth says, “The mission of G.O.A.L.S is to inspire exploration of youth thru multi day river trips.”

Forcing kids to explore a world outside of their comfort zone, and their iPhone.

Sophomore Tessa Leake has been on two G.O.A.L.S river trips. One as a student and the second with her family. “It was so exciting and different   to experience a week without technology, just nature. Every kid should try to experience.”

Without any distractions, kids learn more about their classmates.

John adds, “It’s a small school but you don’t really get to know everybody. Out in canyon how things work in school really disappears and you get to know everybody in a different way than you would know them in school.”

Hochmuth says the river is a great equalizer. “One of the reasons we choose to only operate rivers and wilderness canyons is it strips away anything else, ” Giving kids a new view of their world and themselves.  “It boils it down to who they really are.”

More information: Goals 4 Youth!/GOALS4Youth

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