Communities in Schools members tackle ropes course at Angelina College

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Lufkin High School’s Communities in Schools club members participated in team-building exercises at the ropes course at Angelina College. (Photos by Andy Adams/Lufkin ISD)

Lufkin High School’s Communities in Schools club took a trip to Angelina College’s ropes course earlier this month.

Students participated in the team wall, rock climbing, log balancing, ziplining and other team-building exercises. When they arrived, they introduced themselves, then did a memory exercise.

When asked why was it a good place for the students to go, teacher Monique Martinez said, “They were able to meet new people, and they learned how to work together and overcome fears. And for students who were very quiet, it made them voice their opinions and talk more than they normally would. It was a good time for the students to interact, because there were a lot of different activities that require teamwork.”

During the exercises, the students became competitive and work with their team to develop different ways to defeat the other team.

Lufkin High School senior Shelby McClure said she struggled with anxiety when she first got to the ropes course, but that she liked the fact that the activities encouraged her to communicate with others.

McClure said she would go on the trip again. She said the workers at the ropes course didn’t give up on her, no matter how long she took. She said they used encouraging words to get her through certain obstacles, making sure that they left no students behind.