The sun broke through the menacing thunderclouds just as the bus pulled into the Mt. Major parking lot. The sixth graders spilled out, raring to charge up to the 1,785-foot summit. The September hike is the first of several Grade VI rites-of-passage challenges. Shady Hill also adds a class section in sixth grade, so the hike is an important community-building experience.
Each hiking group had several new students as well as students from each sixth-grade section as well as Mr. Fischel's dog Smitty. Everyone made it. From the bald summit, sixth-graders were treated to commanding views of New Hampshire’s expansive Lake Winnipesaukee. After exploring to granite top and lunching in the sun, everyone headed down, following a brook.
“Being at the top was fun, but going up and down was fun, too. I dipped my head in a stream,” said Peter Blackburn.