Created on Saturday, 02 November 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Riverside High School students in the Interact Club recently participated in a team-building session at Camp Willson made possible through the Dodge Family Grant awarded by the Logan County Education Foundation.
ABOVE: Students stand on a log, trying to put themselves in birthday order, without speaking or falling off the log. BELOW: Senior Kolt Shough leads his peers across an imaginary creek. PHOTOS | RIVERSIDE SCHOOLS
The YMCA outdoor adventure center hosted 38 of the Riverside Interact students in grades 9-12. These Interact members spent a cool autumn day getting to know each other better and working through team challenges.
Michelle Weadock, media center instructor and Interact adviser at Riverside, applied for and received the grant that helped to subsidize the day of activities.
The instructor said the counselors at Camp Willson were personable, talented and flexible in the day’s activities, designing challenges and games that would most benefit the student team.
“I thought team building was a blast,” sophomore Allie Robinson said. “I feel like I never stopped laughing. I got to hang out with so many people, and a high school that laughs together, grows together...
“I loved the boards when we had to fit our whole team on at once. It was a challenge, but when we thought outside the box, we got the job done.
“It taught us that the easiest way isn’t always the right way, and if you step back and get a different perspective, then go for the goal, then you are more likely to get the job done.”
Despite being part of a smaller school district, all of the students do not know each other as well as they can to be more productive as a team, junior Hailee Whitaker noted.
“The day made me get closer with people I hardly even talk to at school,” she said. “All of the games were great. They helped me learn team building and sharing and how to do things together as a group as well as work on better communication.”
The Interact Club, a student organization of the Bellefontaine Rotary Club, focuses on the philosophy of “service above self.”
Riverside Interact works with a variety of service-related opportunities including local food pantries and also plays a role at the DeGraff County Fair volunteering for setup and tear down.
In addition, Interact focuses on community service to their school as well, offering academic peer tutoring and elementary assistance as needed.
This is the first year that freshmen were invited to participate in the club, according to Mrs. Weadock.