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I am so excited…Our first Phase I deadline is this Thursday (February 17, 2011)! All schools/youth groups who successfully complete chapters 1 or 2 (or both) are eligible to win. A winner from each chapter will receive a $1000 gift certificate. If your school or youth group needs assistance in completing a chapter, contact me ASAP. You can leave a comment on this blog or send me a direct email at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org. I want all of our registered school and youth groups to be eligible, so don’t hesitate to ask for help! This week we’ll look at one last clue from Chapter 2, West Virginia:

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12. Receiving the appointment to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1928, filling a vacancy caused by the death of her husband, she was the first African American woman to become a member of a legislative body in the United States.

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I think this is a wonderful clue to celebrate Black history Month…how many of you knew that West Virginia held this honor? As with all of our Treasure Hunt clues, I hope your search inspires you to “keep digging” and discover other interesting facts. For example, while investigating this clue, you will discover the important relationship between the African-American community and the McDowell County coal mines in the early 20th century.

Here are some additional hints/facts to help you find the answer to this week’s featured clue:

** She received the unanimous recommendation of the McDowell County Republican Executive Committee to fill her husband’s position

** She served on the House committees on Federal Relations, Railroads, and Labor

** She was born on May 15, 1886, and had been a housewife prior to her husband’s death

** She later married a coal miner and they resided in Northfork, WV

Over the next several weeks, we will be focusing on questions from Chapter 3, National Guard. In order to offer the most help, send me your suggestions…which questions should be featured? Is there a particular clue that just has you stumped? Are you unsure of a particular answer? Even if you completed chapter 3, were there some clues that were just difficult or took a very long time to answer? Let me know so I can address them here. Good Hunting!


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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! I know that for many sports fans, this weekend is one of the most important of the year. Well, sports fans, it just so happens that TH6 contains a Super Bowl related question. Let’s take a look at the football query from Chapter 2, West Virginia:

1. This Super Bowl-winning quarterback was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame the same year that he retired from the NFL.

Not being a football fan, this one took me a bit more research. I offer the following additional clues to narrow your search and help you discover the answer:

* He was actually inducted into the West Virginia University (WVU) Sports Hall of Fame

* This player began his college football career at Penn State and then transferred to West Virginia University where he led the Mountaineers in 1982 and 1983

* He was a third round NFL draft pick in 1984 and won two Super Bowls with his first team

* If you still need assistance, check out the history of Super Bowl XXV

Please keep in mind that the first Phase I deadline is February 17th, 2011.  All schools and youth groups that submit correct answers for either of the first two chapters will be eligible to win a $1000 gift card to purchase supplies.  There is still plenty of time to register your school, classroom, or youth group and complete the first two chapters.  I’m here to assist anyone – individual or group – who may need an extra hint or a little direction to complete the hunt (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org).  Good luck and I hope everyone enjoys this Super Bowl weekend! (By the way, there are also 3 NHL games and 4 NBA games prior to Super Bowl kickoff – enjoy!)

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The first Phase I deadline is approaching. All school and youth groups who have registered and successfully complete either of the first two chapters by February 17, 2011, will be eligible to win a $1000 gift certificate to purchase supplies! If you are having any difficulty with clues from chapter one or chapter two, please leave a comment or send me an email (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org) so I can help you get through these chapters. This week, we’ll take a look at a question from Chapter 2, West Virginia:

19. This railroad is the nation’s oldest line. It is oddly named since more than half of its tracks are within the West Virginia borders, yet the name consists of another state and a city not in West Virginia.

Although I am not a railroad enthusiast, my grandfather worked on the Chessie System when I was young and I was a big fan of the Chessie Cat. Trains are a rich part of U.S. History and there are many resources available to help us with this clue. Your local library is sure to have several books and you may even live close to a railroad museum (www.railmuseums.com). For our purposes, I’ll provide a few additional clues that will help you an internet search:

This was the first common carrier railroad in the United States

This railroad’s slogan was “Linking 13 Great States With The Nation”

Ellicot City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America and was the original passenger terminal for this railroad

This is one of the railroad properties on the Monopoly board game

"Blockade of Engines at Martinsburg, WV" -wikipedia

I hope you enjoy exploring railroad history this week. There is still plenty of time to register a new classroom or youth group before our first deadline so please recommend the hunt to your teachers, coaches, and youth leaders. Good Luck!

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! We’re only about a month away from our first Phase I prize drawing. All schools and youth groups who submit correct answers for either chapter 1 or chapter 2 (or both) will be eligible to win a $1000 gift certificate! This week, we’ll take a look at a question from Chapter 2, West Virginia:

3. The highest point in the state lies within this stretch of over 900,000 acres of federally-owned land.

View from the highest point you seek (photo from wikipedia)

This is a two-step clue. First, we’ll need to determine the highest point in West Virginia. The U.S. Geological Survey has a wonderful website www.usgs.gov that I highly recommend. This website is a valuable resource for any student or classroom studying geology. Once you’re on the USGS website, you will see a US map on the right and a link that says “Science In Your Backyard.” From here you can get a quick recap of state facts including the state capital, land area, population, counties, highest & lowest points, and even the geographic center.

Once you’ve determined the highest point in West Virginia, you’ll need to name the federally-owned land that this high point is located on.  For this, I recommend another wonderful government resource, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at www.usda.gov. This website is a bit busier and younger students may feel a bit lost while exploring, so let me offer some direction: on the USDA home page you will see a column on the left with a Search header. Type the name of the West Virginia highest point in this search block and click go…you should find your answer right away.

I hope you’re inspired to explore the USGS and USDA sites. What fun facts can you find about your state? Have fun exploring and good luck with TH6!

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Hello Treasure Hunters!  I want to extend a warm welcome to all of the schools, classrooms, and youth groups who have registered for Treasure Hunt Six.  The first TH6 deadline is February 17, 2011.  All school/youth groups who submit correct answers for chapters 1 or 2 will be eligible to win a $1000 gift certificate to purchase supplies. Past winners have purchased a variety of supplies with their winnings…books for libraries, smartboards and computer equipment, backpacks and homework supplies for students, even meat for a Consumer Sciences class.  Please, encourage teachers and youth leaders to register today.

This week we’ll focus on a bit of West Virginia geography and history with a question from Chapter 2:

22. The capital of West Virginia is Charleston, which played that role from 1870 to 1875 and 1885 to the present.  This other city served as the capital during 1863-1870 and 1875-1885.

The clue has already given us the current capital, so the dates here are very important. If you’re still stumped, here are some additional facts to lead you to the answer:

** This city is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia – just 11 miles from Pennsylvania

** The city was founded by Colonel Ebenezer Zane in 1769

** The National Road reached this town in 1818

Although you can play Treasure Hunt Six in any order, school and youth groups should focus on the first 2 chapters in order to be eligible for our first prize drawing.  If you have difficulty with any of the individual questions, don’t hesitate to send me a direct email for assistance (sherrykoch@thanksusa.org).  Good Luck!

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