Genet 5th grade students stepped out of their comfort zones and out amongst the towering trees high above the forest floor in Thacher State Park last week. They visited the WildPlay ropes course as part of a field trip that focused on team building, exercise and fun.
It also complemented their current novel study book, “Hatchet,” that tells the story of a man lost and alone in the Canadian wilderness.
“Genet fifth grade’s field trip to WildPlay was all about survival and perseverance,” said 5th grade teachers Justin Russello and Jessica VanSkiver. “For the students, the ropes course provided an opportunity to face fears, persevere through challenges, support each other, and experience forest exploration in a controlled, safe environment. Both students and staff came away from the experience feeling proud of their accomplishments, and newly aware of their bravery and what they are capable of overcoming.”
The field trip was free with all costs covered by the NYS Connect Kids Field Trip Grant program.