Fifth graders improve on teamwork by zipping at Ring Homestead

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RING HOMESTEAD — The fifth grade students of Colonial attended the Ring Homestead Challenge Ropes Course recently. This was one of the best field trips a kid could ever go on. There was fun, there was adventure, and above all, there was a goal. The trip was especially planned to improve self confidence and to foster strong team spirit among the students.

The fun began with the bus ride to Ring Homestead. On the way, many kids took videos and pictures to make the day memorable. Also the teachers added more fun by treating the kids to Munchkins.

Over at the camp, students got an opportunity to try many challenging activities, including “Giant Wall,” “Zip Tree,” “Centipede,” “Rope Climb,” “Fidget Ladder,” ” Tire Traverse,” “Cat Walk” and the “Port Hole.” The classes were divided into small groups that competed against each other. Girls did better than boys in many activities.

“Zip Tree” was apparently the most enjoyed activity by the students. In this, one has to climb the tree first to get to the zip line.

Cate McLean of class 5M said, “I liked the zip line the best because I’m afraid of heights and it was a good activity to get over my fear.”

No doubt this trip fulfilled its purpose. Even the teachers enjoyed doing it, with Mr. Martucci finishing off in an Amazing Spider-man pose.

Here are what some students had to say about the trip:

  • Malia McLellan said, “I liked the zip line because you can tower people and kick people and be taller than them.”
  • Olin Banholzer said, “I liked the zip line because you got to go upside down.”
  • Charlie Parent said, “I liked the zip line because I was scared in the beginning, but when I did it I wanted to do it again.”
  • “The balance beam because it was challenging and the zip line because it was fun,” said Sofia Carmona.
  • “I really liked the zip line because it’s really scary when you are climbing up, but fun when you zoom down,” said Shep Solimine.
  • James Findikyan said, “I liked the zip line because it was fun to climb and went fast.”
  • “I liked the zip line because I did the Spider-man,” Thomas Shelton said.
  • Eleanor Moraes said, “I liked the giant ladder because it was challenging and fun.”
  • Emma Spencer replied, “I liked the giant ladder because it included lots of team work.”
  • Kathryn Alexander said, “I personally liked the huge ladder that got bigger as each rung went up.”

It’s pretty evident that the motive of the teachers worked in a very fun way.