rafting club started at PHS
Prairie High School has added yet another club to its already vast offerings. Last spring, Evan Worthington, a Salmon River ranger with the Bureau of Land Management, obtained a grant through the Department of the Interior with the intention of introducing something completely new to the students of Prairie: a rafting club.
The Salmon Surfers, as they are called, were originally established two years ago through the Kids Klub of Grangeville. The purpose of forming such a club was to expose the students to some of the amazing natural resources of the area that they may not have had access to before. The “Take it Outside” grant was designed to get kids out of the house and into nature. The Surfers got them on the water. It was recognized that the students of the area spent a lot of time around the regions rivers, but had very little knowledge of river safety or etiquette. Most importantly was the need to instill a sense of “ownership” and respect for the river.
The first season was a huge success. With the help of parents Loretta and Kurt Riener, the Surfers were able to make several trips on different sections of the Salmon River. The students not only experienced whitewater but they also visited archeological sites only accessible by boat. The support and interest shown by the Cottonwood community far surpassed any expectations and they are already looking forward to the next season.