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December 15, 2000

UW-RF Geography Students Paint Playground Map

Kids at St. Bridgetıs Elementary School in River Falls have a giant, one-of-a-kind map of Wisconsin on their playground, thanks to the efforts of UW-River Falls geography students.

Members of the universityıs Student Geography Organization painted each of the 72 counties in the state a different, bold color. They added major rivers and lakes, as well as the cities of River Falls and Madison, a directional arrow, and a mileage scale. Students worked for a combined total of 72 hours over two weekends, spreading more than nine gallons of paint to complete the 40x50-foot map.

Members of the SGO who participated in the project included senior Doug Matzek, president, a geography major from Hager City; senior Micah Zeitler, vice president , a broad field social studies major from Mercer; junior Kate Bakke, secretary , a geography major from Hastings, Minn.; junior Mike Sjodin, treasurer, a geography major from Red Wing, Minn.; junior Mark Shoenfelder, a geography major from Red Wing, Minn.; and Professor Don Petzold, who is the club advisor.

This is the ninth playground map that SGO has painted since 1990. The activity was supported through a UW-RF Service Learning mini-grant.

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