At the end of the week, students, teachers, and Instructors converged at the gearshed in the inky darkness before sunrise to wash pots, put away gear, and change back into civilian clothes by headlamp. Despite the early wake-up, everyone came out of the woods with smiles on their faces. Here are some comments from students and teachers:
"I learned that all of us have some kind of hidden ability."
A teacher that was here years back with a different school commented, "I have never had a group respond to all of the activities so well. [This course is] better than I even remembered."
"I learned that all my classmates aren't afraid to face their fears."
"I learned that we have a great community at our school and we can come together really well."
"Both Instructors are great teachers - their enthusiasm is contagious - they were honest about their strengths and weaknesses and set a perfect tone between seriousness and fun."
While this is the first time TMI has worked with St. Paul's boys' middle school, the girls' school came to Spruce for many years in the 1980s. It's always a treat to get to work with a new school and have the opportunity to create a great first impression. I can't imagine this week having gone much better and all of us here are excited to work with St. Paul's for years to come.