On Wednesday, April 17, Maplewood’s Columbia High School unveiled it’s newly completed Project Adventure High Ropes Course, which cost $190,000 to complete and was funded through a Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Grant from the US Department of Education.
The Project Adventure Course features 29 different elements (including a Helix Tower, a Ring Swing and a Zip Wire) and is one of the most elaborate and comprehensive courses of its kind at any public high school in the country.
Columbia High School students in grades 10-12 will be able to choose Project Adventure as a nine-week physical education elective. In the most recent student selection, Project Adventure was the number one course request. Project Adventure classes are comprised of mixed-grade classes, and will be available all four quarters of the school year. The Course is open year-round so that students can experience the physical challenges in all kinds of weather.
Speakers at the Grand Opening event included Dr. Brian Osborne, Superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District and Judy LoBianco, Supervisor of Physical Education & Health, as well as two of the Project Adventure Teachers and two students who have participated previously in the Project Adventure class.
Highlights of the Grand Opening included seeing Beth Daugherty, President of the SOMSD Board of Education, take a turn on the Zip-line and watching Brian Osborne participate as the squirrel in the “Flying Squirrel,” which had students hoisting him high up in the air:
The Project Adventure Course will facilitate students’ learning of important life skills – team work, cooperation and communication – and reflects the importance of a strong physical education curriculum in the South Orange Maplewood School District.