In early October, eighth grade students at Akili Academy embarked on a great adventure to Fountainebleau State Park for an overnight camping trip. For most of the students who participated, this was their first time experiencing the great outdoors overnight. Along with their teachers and principal, the first graduating class of Akili Academy created wonderful memories of middle school through team building exercises, such as eight-legged races, and other activities. Scholars spent the night working together and building friendships that will carry them through the rest of the academic year. As a result, Akili eighth graders returned to school filled with enthusiasm about the rest of the year.
“This camping trip was something I was really excited about, and I knew the kids would love it,” said Principal Alison Lowe. “Some of them were a little hesitant at first, but it was truly life changing for them. This trip was one of the best experiences of my career; we created memories and bonds that will last a lifetime.” The camping trip was an opportunity for Akili scholars to be reminded of how much love and trust they have in their peers and school community.