In lieu of the annual trip to Echo Hill, last week the class participated in "Camp Pivot," an on-campus camp experience creatively developed to provide students with activities similar to what they would have experienced at Echo Hill.
It was a week of being out and about exploring campus, working together to investigate different topics and having fun! A few examples of the week's activities included Garbology, an activity where students found trash around campus and record the composite material and its location in hopes of graphing the data while shedding light on the popular areas on campus where littering occurs; Lost in the Woods, a self-confidence-building and exploratory activity that encouraged students to use compasses as a tool to pace and navigate their way through campus and find hidden treasures; and other activities included creating tye-dying t-shirts, exploring the pond and gardening.
The week-long activity culminated at Genesse Valley Outdoor Learning Center, where students participated in high ropes courses and various team-building games and activities.
In addition to the outdoor experience and fun activities, there was a compassionate component. After hearing April L.'s '28 Capstone presentation about her grandmother's Alzheimer's condition, Lyla S. '28 and her family had the idea to make Camp Pivot t-shirts to help raise money for April's fundraiser for Alzheimer's research. Fifth Grade more than doubled their fundraising goal. Way to go, Fifth Grade! We're so proud of our strong, confident and compassionate Class of 2028!