This summer, students in Valley's middle and high school alternative programs scaled great heights - 4000 feet to be exact. Yhe students made it to the summit of two of New Hampshire's highest peaks, the most ambitious expedition the group has ever attempted. Teacher Matt Conant and aide Zoe Porter made the trek too, and made the day happen says assistant principal Glen Costello. "They went above and beyond. These mountains were the highest and most challenging mountain the East Side and the middle school programs have ever accomplished."
Valley's Outdoor Education Program seeks to expose students to a wide array of environments and opportunities in which they may not typically be able to experience, from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Essex River Basin. Positive risk taking is a strong component of the OE Program, along with the development of trust and positive relationships. Experienced staff guide students through a wide arrange of activities such as: hikes, canoeing, open water kayaking, mountain biking, white water rafting, skiing and snowshoeing. The benefits of the OE Program carry over into the classroom. Students who commit to the OE Program develop stronger relationships with the staff leading to an increased investment in their education. Additionally, students are pushed physically and mentally often leading to a healthier lifestyle.