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Outside Adventure Learning

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Bayport High School students are taking their physical education classes onto community streets and into the Bayport Nature Preserve with new mountain bikes purchased through Sayville Bike Works and through a New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance grant and donations from the Bayport-Blue Point Student Educational Enrichment and Development Foundation and Bayport Blue Point Booster Club.

Part of the Project Adventure class, teacher Nicole Marchetta and Bayport-Blue Point Health Chairperson Tricia Livingston are introducing students to a different kind of outdoor education. This is the first time that the high school has offered the class, and students are enjoying being able to leave campus, under the guidance of their teacher, to acquire new skills not ordinarily offered in traditional physical education classes.

On a warmer than normal December afternoon, Ms. Marchetta and the students headed to the preserve. With a MapMyRide app, the group created a route and calculated their distance and exercise time.

“This class is a really wonderful opportunity for the students to try an alternative to traditional exercise classes and to enjoy the outdoors,” Ms. Livingstone said. “This is the type of physical education that students can enjoy throughout a lifetime.”

The Project Adventure class also offers cooperative games, team building activities, rope exercises and high-low elements.
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