MI ESA is Host Site for Team Building Courses

MI ESA is Host Site for Team Building Courses
MI ESA is Host Site for Team Building CoursesThe Mason Intermediate Environmental Study Area (ESA) is the perfect host site for team building activities.
Mason High School student Tommy Marquart is in the process of getting his Eagle Scout Award, and the Team Building Course was his final project to earn the title and award he's been working toward
“Tommy has built a Whale Watch, TeePee Shuffle, Spiders Web, and an All Aboard Elevated Platform,” shared MI fifth grade math teacher on Team Inspire, Maddy Rossetti. “Not only can we hold science lessons outside in the ESA, but we can also do team building activities there now, too.”
Team building activities develop those interpersonal skills in students, such as communication, conflict resolution, leadership, trust, and problem solving. "The four structures that were created were the Tee Pee Shuffle - a balance beam, the All Aboard - a small platform to hold many people on, the Whale Watch - a larger platform that can teeter and must be balanced, and the Spider’s Web - a web of ropes where each person has to lift everyone through a different section in the rope," explained Marquart. "I wanted to build these team building structures for the school, because when I was at MI, I always loved going back to the ESA. Not many classes were using it as much anymore and I wanted to bring that experience back to the students. The structures will give the students hands on experience of working together in groups and that is a vital part of growing up."
In 2016, Samuel Kachur, who was a then-student at MI, renovated and repaired the dock at the ESA.  Since the school did not have funds for the repair of the ESA, Sam raised the funds for the project by doing stadium clean up after MHS football games for two years, and Lowes in Mason gave him a discount on supplies.  Scouts from Troop 43 and their parents, along with Sam and his family and friends, completed the project over three weekends. They replaced the dock, repaired the benches and cleared the pathways.
Kachur’s hope at the end of the dock project was for Mason City Schools to keep giving scouts opportunities like his in the years to come, and it looks like his wish continues to ring true today.
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