The Block for Kids

Reported by: Megan Wise
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Updated: 3/27 12:11 pm
High Point Climbing is already giving back to the community in less than a week of being officially open.

John Wiygul, High Pointe Climbing General Manager said, "I feel that its part of our responsibilty to give back to the community and show that we care about our surrounding community and development. We really want to take climbing to a new level and make an impact in kids lives." And thats exactly what they are doing. Each Wednesday, Paul Rhuling brings a group of Calvin Donaldson's Adventure Club 5th graders into the facility. Paul Ruhling, Calvin Donaldson Adventure Club said, "They are used to going home and some of them have to stay inside because some of their parents feel that its unsafe. And so, being outside for two or three hours on mountain bikes or climbing is just dessert for them."
And for the students to receive that dessert, they must practice two key elements in the classroom: effort and behavior.

Ruhling said, "I've seen a lot of self control in class with behavior. Some of them reminding one another, 'Hey we want to go climbing next week, we only have one day left, dont blow it.' That sort of thing." Representatives say they have seen a difference in a number of students. Ruhling said, "Its been really fantastic to see some of the kids raising to the occasion." Students like Je'lyn Yates enjoy climbing, so he shows effort and good behavior in the classroom. Je'lyn Yates, 5th Grader said, "An effort he means that we push a lot of class he is trying to help prepare us for TCAP and stuff, so this is like a reward for our great effort and our great behavior."

Representatives plan on doing similar projects like this one in the future.

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