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7 Hills Middle School Leadership Class buddy with special needs students on Rock Creek Nature Hike
Nevada City Rotary partners with Tahoe National Forest Service to offer a very special outing for 50 young students. Members of Seven Hills Leadership Class are paired with special needs students, many of whom are wheel chair bound, for a ranger led nature hike through beautiful Rock Creek Canyon outside Nevada City, CA. While the students are hiking, Nevada City Rotarians fire up barbeque grills and cook over 100 hamburgers and vegie burgers. The young hikers return for a BBQ. The day is a choreographed partnership. Tahoe NF Service staff act as nature guides. Teachers and staff of Seven Hills and Union Hill Middle Schools organize the students. Durham Transportation provides school buses including several with lifts designed to easily accommodate wheel chairs. Nevada City Rotary brings barbeque grills and food. Rotarians also bake home cookies. The young hikers provide the wonder and joy. At the end of the day, Smokey Bear shows up and is greeted with squeals of delighted laughter.