KUSA - A group of fifth graders got a much bigger adventure than they originally signed up for this week.
About 60 students at Steele Elementary were supposed to spend a few days at an outdoor education camp at Estes Park. However, that trip ended with an evacuation and a sleep-over at a Red Cross Shelter.
"We had an idea of what was to come, but obviously we didn't know how bad it was going to be," parent Doug Agnew said.
Agnew praised the school and district for keeping an open line of communication with parents throughout the week.
"They did as good a job as they could have done," he said.
The students left for camp on Tuesday. By Thursday, the flooding had gotten so bad the group evacuated from the camp and spent Friday night in the shelter.
"It was really uncomfortable because I had to sleep on the floor," said Agnew's daughter, Samantha.
She said the students found ways to entertain themselves indoors.
"We kind of played games like rock-paper-scissors-shoot and we read books and we drew pictures."
"She seems to be all in one piece," Doug added. "And I think she came back with everything, which is another bonus!"
The Steele students returned to the school around 10:15 Saturday morning.
University Park Elementary fifth graders also got stuck in the mess. Crews airlifted more than 50 of them, along with a few high school students, from the Balarat Outdoor Education Center near Boulder.
Those students returned to their school Saturday afternoon.
Written by: Jennifer Meckles
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