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Adapted P.E. goes on kayaking trip

Adapted physical education went on a field trip Thursday, Oct. 4 at Newport Dunes.

Eleven students from the academics instruction class learned kayaking skills at the beach. The outing involved students from Diamond Bar High School and Chaparral Middle School.

“The kids were so brave and tried everything,” academics instruction teacher Suzanne McDonald said. “It was exciting to see their growth and their ability to just try things out of their comfort zone.”

The students rotated through four stations: kayaking, fishing, hiking and exploring the beach. They shared tandem kayaks with instructors, explored the scenery around the shore and looked for hidden items in a scavenger hunt. The field trip required extensive preparation, including contacting lifeguards and watching videos on what to expect at the event.

“A lot of our students wanted something that’s new,” adapted P.E. instructor Maisha Shepherd said. “[New events give] them some stress and some anxiety so [preparation] helps them out in that area.”

By Landon Park, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Marta Dibell


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