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NLRA Day, Rice Lake School Visits Wildlands
Posted on December 16, 2014 by -Matthew B. 11th grade
On Wednesday, September 3, the second day of school, we were informed that students from another charter school, NLRA (Northern Lakes Regional Academy) in Rice Lake, WI were going to be coming to learn about how Wildlands works. Throughout the day we wanted to demonstrate community building, teamwork, and a variety of student designed projects. The catch was they would be here on Friday, which left only a few hours to plan all of our activities. We decided we would be able to work more efficiently if we split into groups. Each group was in charge of planning various activities to lead for the NLRA students to participate in.
On Thursday we were incredibly active with preparations, creating demos, and organizing what we would say to our visitors. Everyone had a role, and everyone was engaged.
On Friday morning we had a very small amount of time for final details and then their bus rolled into the parking lot. We greeted them and led them out into the field to play several team building games. Then we broke them into two different groups.
The scavenger hunt group demonstrated core values, in a fun way, while giving them a tour of our schools campus. The project presentation groups demonstrated some of the cool student led and designed projects we had completed in the past. After lunch we had the NLRA students switch groups so that they got both experiences.
After they finished we returned as a whole group back to the classroom and had a discussion about the day and its implications for the future, including continued partnerships.
This was really beneficial to everyone in the high school because it helped us build a more cohesive team, and improve our deadline management skills by putting together such a large event on short notice. And, since it was my first week as a new student at Wildlands, it helped me get used to the school, showed me around the property, and gave me an idea of what kind of projects were possible.
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