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Valhalla Middle School's Partners' Program Takes Outdoor Adventure

Students and staff members from Valhalla Middle School's Partner's Program enjoying their recent spring field trip to Green Chimneys.
Students and staff members from Valhalla Middle School's Partner's Program enjoying their recent spring field trip to Green Chimneys. Photo Credit: Valhalla Union Free School District

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Students and staff members involved in Valhalla Middle School's Partners' Program traveled to Putnam County on Wednesday, April 27, for a spring field trip.

The group participated in an outdoor adventure at Green Chimneys in Southeast that concentrated on team-building activities. In the Partners' Program, led by Valhalla Middle/High School Assistant Principal Kevin McLeod, each student is partnered with a staff member.

The program was created as a mentorship initiative in 2010 to foster strong relationships between students and adults. If a student needs help -- academically, socially or emotionally -- they have an established relationship with a teacher who they already know and trust, according to the program's creators.

The student-staff teams meet for a half-hour every week. A few times per year, the program holds special events, such as the Pumpkin Extravaganza in October or the Winter Extravaganza in December.

Last year, the group traveled to a sporting event at Madison Square Garden.

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