Prattville High Freshman Academy closes out the year with a trip to the Alabama Nature Center – Elmore-Autauga News

By Victoria Boyd M.Ed.

graduation coach

Prattville High School

Prattville High School’s Freshman Academy has completed another year of annual freshman field trips to the Alabama Nature Center. This excursion has been taking place since 2012. Every PHS 9th grader is given the opportunity to take part in this free field trip. The freshman participants were divided into 4 excursion days to accommodate the large freshman class. These excursion days took place from October 24th to 27th.

The day began by announcing the day’s goals: to get students out of their normal environment so they can work to overcome obstacles through communication, building relationships and developing lifelong leadership skills. The Alabama Nature Center provides the perfect setting to help students think differently as they explore nature and discover beauty in what they often take for granted.

The Alabama Nature Center’s team building program is designed to break down barriers and encourage collaboration, trust, and leadership. Through challenging activities, students develop leadership skills and discover opportunities to be selfless while working to help their team succeed.

As part of the physical activities and presentations, students are also encouraged to be aware of the people around them and in their lives who are there to support them and help guide their path in a positive way. Students end the day with a greater awareness of the community they have and empowered to be a part of the community that lifts their fellow students.

During their stay at the Alabama Nature Center, the boys from the Prattville Police Department and the girls from the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office heard about relevant issues affecting today’s students. On campus, during this week of field trips, the boys heard from local motivational speaker, author and nonprofit leader Charles Lee, founder of That’s my Child and That’s my Dog Jr.

The girls heard from Liz Huntley, a lawyer, author, children’s advocate and motivational speaker. Year after year, this week of speakers and field trips has proven to be extremely effective in helping to build the student and community leaders of the future. The faculty and staff of Prattville High School would like to thank the Alabama Nature Center, our guest speakers, and our community sponsors.

This field trip along with the daily lunch is provided to the students at no cost each year through donations, community sponsorship and scholarships. Please contact Victoria Boyd at [email protected] to find out how you can help make next year’s PHS Freshman Academy journey possible.

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