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Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Builds Confidence

A school field trip gets students out of the classroom to learn. But an outing by the Department for Exceptional Children’s Communications and Social Skills (CaSS) program got students out of their classroom - and their comfort zones – in a good way.

Students traveled to the Camp Arrowhead ropes course in Pittsford to experience and overcome physical obstacles and participate in problem-solving and team-building activities as a group.

Students responded with enthusiasm. Many who are very shy came out of their shells to pull their weight in all group activities.

Those who have difficulty dealing with close physical proximity overcame that discomfort, even touching one another at times to accomplish group tasks.

This first-of-its-kind trip was coordinated by the CaSS teachers, supervisors and administrators as a way to challenge and engage students in a new way to help them overcome cognitive and behavioral limitations they may face.

The CaSS program focuses on developing communication and social skills while maintaining academic strengths through standards-based curriculum for junior high students and Regents-based curriculum for high school students.

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