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Thursday October 6, 2016 at 8:05am Age: 1 year
Category: District, Middle School

MORE TO ROCK CLIMBING THAN MEETS THE EYE


“Come on, you can do it! You’re almost there!” cheered the students gathered at the base of a rock-wall in the middle school’s field on Tuesday, Oct. 5.  Members of Minisink Valley’s JROTC and the National Guard wore their fatigues and were busy fastening and unfastening safety harnesses on the climbers. Some students ran back to the line in hopes of a second turn. A National Guard pickup was parked on the grass.

 

Staff Sgt. Adam Rivera, a 2005 Minisink Valley graduate who has been with the National Guard for 11 years, explained that the activity was more than a chance for students to try something fun. “We brought the rock-wall to the middle school’s PE classes to promote team building. True, the exercise can help build upper and lower body strength, but the main objective is to get students cheering for each other, and coaching each other,” Sgt. Rivera said. Mission accomplished.

 

A local resident and the parent of two Minisink Valley students, Sgt. Rivera was instrumental in coordinating this opportunity with Jonathan Brooks, Minisink’s JROTC senior army instructor.

 

Today, Oct. 6, the rock moves to the high school. “You can do it!”