2011-10-28 / Education

St. Peter’s Catholic School students attend lecture by Helen Thayer

Contributed by St. Peter’s Catholic School


St. Peter’s students in grades three through six attend a lecture by Helen Thayer at the Columbia Museum of Art. St. Peter’s students in grades three through six attend a lecture by Helen Thayer at the Columbia Museum of Art. The students of St. Peter’s Catholic School had the unique opportunity to hear Helen Thayer speak about her amazing adventures. Thayer has been named “One of the Great Explorers of the 20th Century” by National Geographic and National Public Radio.

This lecture given at the Columbia Museum of Art and sponsored by Mast General Store focused on Thayer’s journey across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. In 2001 at the age of 63, Thayer fulfilled a life- long dream with her 74 year old husband, making a 1,600 mile trek, in 126 degree temperatures, encountering fierce sandstorms, water deprivation, and drug smugglers. Yet, Thayer spoke eloquently about how she was inspired by the Mongolian people and the beauty of the land.

Thayer shared with the students from St. Peter’s the importance of persistence, planning, and the strength of one’s mind. “A goal without a plan is just a dream,” Thayer stated.

Throughout the month of September during their library period students used the Promethean

Board to access Thayer’s Adventure Classroom. The author of three books which chronicle her adventures, Polar Dreams, Three Among the Wolves, and Walking the Gobi , Thayer inspired the students and teachers of St. Peter’s to work hard, be open to learning and understanding cultures from all over the world, challenge yourself, and plan for success.

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