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GATE Students Visit Celtic Faire
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Despite a little bit of rain, students of Oakdale Joint Unified GATE program loaded two school buses and traveled to Sonora for the 30th Annual Celtic Faire on Friday, March 11. The all-day field trip was in conjunction with a unit on Family Tapestry. Photo By Teresa Hammond


Two buses complete with students and family traveled to Sonora on Friday, March 11 to attend the 30th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire. GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) students from each of the four Oakdale Elementary Schools attended the faire as part of the Family Tapestry unit.

“Family Tapestry is a unit designed to assist students develop the research, writing and presenting skills necessary for success in the academic environment as well as develop self-awareness and opportunities that can propel them to success in their personal lives,” GATE teacher Brenda Combs said.

According to Combs, the day long trip was made possible due to the generosity of various community members, businesses, Parent Teacher Clubs, as well as an Oakdale Educational Foundation grant.

“Knowing who you are and where you came from can motivate us to become the person we know we can be in the future,” Combs continued. “The Celtic Faire brings history to life and helps students identify with the value of history in shaping their lives individually as well as in the world.”