Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Students on Katy Trail for Missouri Day Principia Surprise: 2-Wheel Excursion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Students on Katy Trail for Missouri Day Principia Surprise: 2-Wheel Excursion

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At The Principia each year, students try to guess where they will be on Missouri Day. Although they frequently are wrong, they usually are happy with how the day turns out.

This year the school rented 286 bicycles, and the students took a ride on the Katy Trail. Missouri Day has become a traditional kickoff for the school year at The Principia and helps students get to know one another.

"To build unity in a group, you have to have common experiences," said Principal Hal Horner. "Missouri Day is a common experience that everyone can look back on and say, `Remember the Missouri Day when we did this . . .' " Now in its ninth year, Missouri Day is popular with the students because the activity changes from year to year. The staff usually keeps the schedule a secret until the day of the event. Rumors and guesses circulate among students. "Last year we thought we'd do what we did this year, renting bikes for everyone," said Dan Schneider, a senior. "But then we were like, `Nah, that would never work.' " Last year's guessing ended in a trip to Springfield, Ill., to visit some Abraham Lincoln sites. The bicycle trip came this year with the help of a tremendous effort by the school's staff. The school rented the 286 bicycles from seven sources. In addition, another 100 students and teachers brought their own bicycles. Nine of Ryder's largest trucks took the bikes to the Katy Trail and back, and all the bikes had to be color-coded so they went into the right truck when they came off the trail. "It took one person, my assistant, 89 hours of planning to make sure all the bikes went and came back," said Horner. "To my knowledge, they all got back." Students and staff members could choose to hike or take a bike ride ranging from four to 18 miles. About 40 students added a side trip to Daniel Boone's home. All 325 students plus teachers met for lunch at a farm owned by Ted Munnecke, a biology teacher at the school. …

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