- Amy Petersilie, Alternative Learning Center - Rochester
- Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Teamwork
Our goal was to find fun ways for our students to get active. We wanted to show them that we can move, have fun, and not even realize we are working out. We worked with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and got a grant to make this all happen. We purchased a Bouldering Rock Wall. The next challenge was figuring out how to install it. We then called our friends at Roca Climbing and Fitness (a new climbing wall in Rochester) and they volunteered their time to come and install the rocks. After getting the wall installed, students learned the expectations to make it a safe experience and then were able to climb. They had a great time from just climbing, learning different routes to try and then playing games to challenge themselves. It has been a great experience for everyone. And the most fun was the following days when the students were so sore from climbing and they didn't even realize they had worked so hard.