NOBLEBORO — At The Leadership School at Kieve, eighth-graders from SAD 58 flew through the air on the high ropes course, scaled Kieve’s 40-foot rock climbing wall and reflected on their school, social and family experiences.
Students arrived to Kieve from four different middle schools: Stratton, Strong, Kingfield and Philips. Over five days of team building, decision-making, and adventure learning activities on Damariscotta Lake, the students bonded together in a powerful way.
Kieve teacher and cabin staff member Abby Green said, “Being at Keive helped SAD 58 students clear up a lot of misconceptions about each other. I think the Class of 2014 at Mount Abram High School is going to be an amazing class.” Kieve staff and SAD 58 teachers and students all agreed that the SAD 58 eighth-graders have developed into a wonderful and strong community of learners through their experience at Kieve.
Sharon Dudley, a parent and employee of the school system, supported students and Kieve staff for the entirety of the five-day program at Kieve.
“I think this week was fabulous,” she said. Dudley explained that students across schools typically only knew each other as sporting rivals. She was amazed to see them go from rivals to best buds. “Through climbing, for example, they have learned to trust each other in a great way.”
Students Brett Simpson and Samantha Bachelder said that they and their classmates are grateful for the opportunity to come to Kieve. “I think Kieve is a great experience,” said Bachelder. Both agreed that students from their area should be able to continue coming. However, funding is a continual problem.
Kieve-Wavus Education Inc. subsidizes half of program costs. The town of Carrabassett Valley funds the other half of the cost. Without their support, the group of students would not be able to have this pinnacle experience.
For more information about The Leadership School call 563-6212, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.theleadershipschool.org.