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CHALLENGING A RIVER — AND HARNESSING ITS POWER TO TEACH

Swimming the length of the Boise River will test Christopher Swain’s endurance.

And teach Treasure Valley students about the river.

Swain knows what it takes to swim long rivers: the Hudson, the Columbia and other waters that had never been conquered before. He plans to begin swimming the 150 miles of the Boise River in August. The journey will take him from the river’s headwaters in the Sawtooth Mountains to the farmlands near Parma, and the Boise’s confluence with the Snake River.

In this risk-reward equation, Swain incurs the risk, and the reward comes in engaging students in their education and their environment. “I’m invested in energizing something like that,” Swain says.

 

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