A learning experience for students from two area high schools did not happen Monday in Edwardsville, but organizers are not discouraged, and are looking toward the fall. Edwardsville and Alton High Schools were to send a combined 60 students of environmental and biology studies to study river-related issues, but learning skills that will help deal and relate to others in a professional setting. Two new schools will get that chance later this year.

The issue solving session is meant to mimic a real-world civic experience where students from two schools work together- a rarity at the high school level, according to the Sierra Club's Christine Favilla.

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The barge she speaks of is owned by Living Lands and Waters.  In years past, this event has taken place an the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, and hosted students from Alton and Southwestern High Schools.

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