Taken from a newletter by Extera Public Schools:
“This past October, explorer Denis Belliveau visited Extera Public Schools to share his experience of retracing the steps of Marco Polo. Our fifth and sixth grade classes got to spend the day with him, asking questions and learning about his experiences. After that, he showed them how to create Islamic geometric patterns using a ruler and colored pencils. The students were completely engaged with him and got a great deal from his visit, but for Denis, it was a mutual feeling.
We are thrilled to announce that Denis Belliveau has officially become Extera Public Schools’ Explorer in Residence. What this means is that he will be visiting our school several times per year and will lead our kids on exploration excursions in and around Los Angeles.
“Exploration as an instrument for learning was once a staple of inspiration in our schools. NASA astronauts and the race to the moon in the 1960’s stirred the imaginations of many of today’s innovators just as decades before, polar expeditions, the new science of paleontology and the unearthing of lost cities captivated the era’s schoolchildren like nothing else.” Belliveau explains. “Extera is one of the rare schools that embraces this ethos with a hands-on approach to education through exploration and discovery. For this reason, I am proud and honored to partner with your school as Explorer-In-Residence and I look forward to working with your amazing ‘Trailblazers’ for many years to come.”
In February, he will be taking some of our students on an exploration of historic Chinatown.”