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Quil Ceda students tear around town to learn about civics

Quil Ceda Elementary School second-graders get a treat from BookWORKS owner Mary Burns during their annual scavenger hunt through Marysville on April 26. From left are Lauren Ghosn, Jacob Barker, Andrew Wilson, Kyllie Hardy, Garrett Spencer, Declan Sweatt and Burns. -
Quil Ceda Elementary School second-graders get a treat from BookWORKS owner Mary Burns during their annual scavenger hunt through Marysville on April 26. From left are Lauren Ghosn, Jacob Barker, Andrew Wilson, Kyllie Hardy, Garrett Spencer, Declan Sweatt and Burns.
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MARYSVILLE Students from Quil Ceda Elementary School hit the town last week in a big way, as the second-graders scurried around in their annual scavenger hunt.
Students visited eight businesses with a few clues to get them started at the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. Students had to figure out their destination from a short riddle that gave the second-graders a start as they racked their brains to find the answer. Then they hit the road.
The classmates visited the Haggen grocery store on 88th Street, the YMCA on 64th Street, a totem pole carving shop on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, a sewage treatment plant, The Marysville Globe and a fire station, learning how each works and how they fit into society. A city is like a huge puzzle, and teacher Rebecca Shoyer wanted her kids to realize the part each piece plays. The scavenger hunt is part of her students social studies subject, she said. They also visited the Sunnyside Nursery and two Third Street business, BookWORKS and Cascade Music.
We try to teach them the importance of each business in the community, Shoyer said.
The kids also build a model of an individual business and as a class their projects all fit together in a replica of downtown Marysville.
The students all had different favorites. Jake Barker liked the grocery store, but Garrett Spencer said his favorite was the nursery.
Because they had lots of flowers, because I like Mothers Day, Spencer said. He said he learned how each business fits together.

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