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Every Child Deserves the Chance to Fly

 Every Child Deserves the Chance to Fly

The Community School took a caravan of 80+ students to Camp Bernie in Port Murray, New Jersey for its first Holiday Fun of the year. The students spent the day outside on the giant swing, hitting targets at the archery station, focusing on teamwork at the low ropes course, and leaping through the air as flying squirrels. While Holiday Fun trips are meant to be a fun escape for students, all Community School activities are intentionally designed to be in line with the district’s mission to promote enrichment and social emotional growth.


Cameron was excited to try the giant swing. The giant swing can be quite intimidating as it can reach as high as 35 feet above the ground. It is also a team building exercise and the students are in charge of helping to hoist the rope to lift their classmate in the air. He initially seemed unphased. Cameron jumped around and laughed as he anxiously awaited his turn in line. He kept shouting how excited he was and when it was finally his turn, he climbed up the ladder and grinned from ear to ear. The instructor helped him put on his harness and Cameron was connected to the cable in the trees. As the students started to pull Cameron up he suddenly had a change of heart. He begged to be let down and didn’t think he could do it anymore. The other students and chaperones began to cheer for Cameron and petitioned to him that he could do this. Seeing the other students support him, he agreed to continue. As he began to ascend higher and higher and higher into the air, the apprehension on his face began to fade. He gave the students his final consent: ‘Ready to fly.” The students let go of the rope and Cameron flew. The smile returned to Cameron’s face and he was overcome with joy to be soaring so high. Cameron met his fear head on and with the help of his classmates he conquered it. Every child deserves the same chance to fly.


Educators teach students hard skills such as reading, writing, math, and science. Randolph believes that fostering soft skills such as bravery, strength, confidence, empathy, kindness, generosity, and collaboration are equally as important. The district strives to develop already exceptional young people to become even more exceptional adults through this intentional effort. Through immersive hands-on activities like the ones offered at Camp Bernie, Randolph is developing the wholeness of the child so every student has the opportunity to manifest their dreams and become global citizens in an ever-changing world.


“Our Holiday Fun trips are an opportunity for us to develop and cultivate social emotional skills that are critical for positive personal development. Our adventure to Camp Bernie taught teamwork, perseverance, bravery, and leadership. By learning to trust each other and believe in themselves, our students were able to literally and figuratively soar to new heights.”


- Ashley Azurmendi, Community School Supervisor


The district is grateful that our students had the opportunity to enjoy such an amazing day at Camp Bernie. To learn more about other opportunities, please visit the Community School tab on the district homepage.