Climbing New Hampshire's Mt. Major sets a fun challenge and forges a sense of community.
The sixth graders could not have asked for more perfect weather as they spilled out of the buses, raring to charge up to the 1,785-foot summit of Mt. Major in Alton, New Hampshire.
The September hike is the first of several Grade VI rites-of-passage challenges. It is also an important community-building experience, as Shady Hill adds a full class section in Grade VI. Each group was a mix of new students and students from each sixth-grade section. The chief goal of the day was to work together to make sure everyone enjoyed the journey and reached the top safely.
From the bald summit, sixth-graders were treated to commanding views of New Hampshire’s expansive Lake Winnipesaukee. After exploring the granite peak and lunching in the sun, everyone headed down on a trail that ran alongside a babbling brook.