Wardlaw-Hartridge Freshmen Bond With Peer Leaders During Retreat

Senior peer leaders and freshmen gather for a group photo during a hike.

Senior peer leaders and freshmen gather for a group photo during a hike. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — The Senior Peer Leaders and the freshman class of The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison attended the annual Peer Leadership Retreat at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp in Stillwater on Nov. 25-26. Chaperones Tanda Tucker, Bob Gould, Dina Congregane and Ryan Oliveira accompanied the students.

Activities focused on group bonding, which included venturing out on the Action Socialization Experience (ASE) course in groups, a giant game of Ship to Shore, unraveling a Texas Hug Knot and making S’mores around a very chilly campfire. The freshmen and seniors enjoyed the trip.

“The Peer Leadership Retreat was one the best experiences of my life. Bonding with my classmates and seniors was such a fun time and will always be in my memory,” freshman Allie Haley of Colonia said.

“The retreat was amazing. It allowed us as a peer group to work together,” freshman Jordan Rose of North Plainfield added. “We learned about each other and understood each other. I loved it.”

“The Peer Leadership retreat was an overall amazing experience,” senior Taylor Gerhart of Winfield Park said. “Not only did the seniors bond with their individual groups, but we were able to strengthen our relationship with the freshman class as a whole. The trip allowed the freshmen to build trust within their groups and to talk to their peer leaders about situations that they might encounter during high school. On behalf of the peer leaders, we hope that each individual student now knows that they have someone to talk to about anything.”

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