Students in our Eighth grade joined their teachers and principal in an adventure 150 miles from school to create deeper connections by exploring the outside world. Although what they learned on the trip may not be seen on an exam, the lessons learned and friendship earned are everlonging.
During the trip, students were given plenty of time to reflect on themselves. For many of them, it was the first time away from both parents. When being around their classmates, outside of the borders of the school walls, many students realized that the world is large and vast and they comprise only a small amount of it. When in class, the class usually occupies most conversations around personal matters, such as clothes, sports, etc. When out and about conversations shifted into inquiries and students were engaged in sharing what knowledge they had and what wanderings they had.