Over the past two weeks, 165 6th graders and 24 chaperones at Marshwood Middle School took on the challenge of summiting 1760 foot Mt. Major in Alton Bay, New Hampshire. The hike’s goals were for students to work together to complete the physical challenge of climbing the mountain and to raise awareness of The Summit Project (TSP). As the students moved along the trails, they stopped with their hiking groups to complete team challenges, reflect on their school year, and discussed TSP
Started in 2013 by Major David J. Cote USMCR, TSP’s goal is to keep the memory alive of Mainers who have died on active duty since September 11, 2001. TSP accomplishes its mission by asking people to:
Learn about one of Maine’s fallen
Carry an honor stone on a physical challenge
Write a letter to the fallen Mainer’s family about the physical challenge that he or she completed.
Prior to leaving for Mt. Major, students researched one of eight Maine honorees assigned to MMS and created a short biography card that they carried to the summit of Mt. Major. As they hiked, teams shared the responsibility of carrying their honor stone to the summit and sharing information both about TSP and their honoree with people along the trails.
Like all good days spent hiking, the day ended with ice cream. The only challenge-groups needed to sing a song they created to earn their treat.