Once again LENA is assisting Sennett Middle School by contributing to scholarships for an upcoming Upham Woods trip. This is a wonderful experience for the students, as well as the assisting staff. We offer these scholarships to assist the school for students that might not be able to financially manage the trip and experiences.
Sennett has been sending over 20 students and staff on an environmental trip, every year, for over 40 years now. The trip is a tradition and a top memory of Sennett students.
Shawn Schroedl, the Trip Coordinator, explains that the students will travel to Upham Woods, in the Wisconsin Dells, to spend 2 nights and 2½ days immersed in outdoor education and building relationships with students. This experience allows the staff time, space and environment to further both goals.
The trip is an amazing experience that many of the students are not exposed to otherwise. The trip reinforces a 12 week unit about Life Science (from basic biology and ecosystems, to genetics). Shawn further details how the experiences emphasize academics, community building and relationships, which are key to the student’s development in middle school. While on the trip, the students explore the natural world, learn recreational activities (canoeing, archery, hiking, etc.) and overcome physical and mental challenges (ropes courses, team activities). While academics are stressed, students are also learning life skills to help them reach their full educational potential. Students will learn how to apply effective social skills that are necessary in building strong community members for the future. These skills include:
LENA is glad to be able to assist this wonderful trip and experience for students of Sennett Middle School. We know they will be able to enjoy the trip.
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