New McHenry High School Adventure Education program receives grant from Cabela's

  • McHenry High School instructors Jake Guardalabene, second from left, and Ray Hagerty are joined by students Steven Morrow, left, Addison Putz, second from right, and Megan Depauw to accept the grant from Cabela's to support the school's new Adventure Education program.

    McHenry High School instructors Jake Guardalabene, second from left, and Ray Hagerty are joined by students Steven Morrow, left, Addison Putz, second from right, and Megan Depauw to accept the grant from Cabela's to support the school's new Adventure Education program. Courtesy of Carly Byer, McHenry High School District 156

 
 
Updated 8/20/2021 6:41 PM

The new Adventure Education course at McHenry High School is off to a great start with the help of a recent $1,000 donation from Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's in Hoffman Estates.

Teachers plan to use the donation for additional equipment purchases for the new physical education elective class.

 

Adventure Education offers students a chance to learn skills and techniques in a number of different areas, including archery, backpacking, climbing, high ropes, kayaking and more.

"We are thrilled that Bass Pro/Cabelas is helping us to bring this new course and opportunity to our students," said Jennifer Beattie, district division chair of health, physical education and driver education.

In the first year offering the course, already 100 students have signed up to take part. Megan Depauw said she is looking forward to some exciting experiences.

"I've always liked doing different activities," she said. "It's going to be teaching students how to trust each other."

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Physical education Instructor Jake Guardalabene said teaching the class is exciting for him since he's always been interested in outdoor activities. He and fellow Adventure Education Instructor Ray Hagerty have been training over the summer to prepare.

For each of the adventures, students will be working together to make sure everyone learns safely. "It's super safe," Guardalabene said.

Cabela's collected money for the grant by asking customers to round up their bills for conservation projects.

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