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Published October 09, 2013, 03:50 PM

Shutdown affects Devils Lake students

The government shutdown is interrupting the curriculum for a group of fifth graders in Devils Lake. 44 students were supposed to spend the year studying at Sullys Hill game preserve but they've been stuck in a classroom since the shutdown closed the park.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The government shutdown is interrupting the curriculum for a group of fifth graders in Devils Lake. 44 students were supposed to spend the year studying at Sullys Hill game preserve but they've been stuck in a classroom since the shutdown closed the park.

Teachers at Central Middle School tailored their entire lesson plan for the year to Sullys Hill. Students had been spending half of each day at the park, using its resources to learn about science, nature, and Native cultures.

As the shutdown lingers on, kids are attempting to do the same in a classroom. Teacher Marsha Samson says it's impossible to replicate the benefits Sullys Hill provides.

School officials had hoped to be able to stay at Sullys Hill during the shutdown. They say they weren't using any federal resources aside from power to light and heat their classrooms.

Teachers say one of the hardest parts of the shutdown was explaining the situation to students, who were confused as to why they couldn't go back to Sullys Hill.

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