8th Grade Team Building Day

Teamwork makes the dream work! Onekama eighth grade students work together to 
hoist their classmates high in the air.


Onekama Students Take Part in Teambuilding Day


Ropes, walls, crates, ladders, and blindfolds: these are not the typical learning tools found in our schools. However, these were the perfect educational instruments for a day of teambuilding initiatives for the eighth grade class of Onekama Consolidated Schools.

On Thursday, November 1, thirty eighth-grade students and three teachers boarded the school bus for the short ride to the Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp, the school’s Onekama neighbors. The staff at the camp designed a full day of teambuilding activities that focused on communication, cooperation, and collaboration.

Made possible by a grant from the Manistee County Community Foundation’s Limitless Fund, this field trip was more than a day of games in the woods. It involved structured team building activities – for students and teachers – designed to build trust among this group of (great!) kids, and to help them believe in themselves and each other. Additionally, it was an opportunity to continue to set the tone for the school year, as one of positivity and connectedness.

“I think our class got a lot closer because of the trip,” commented Onekama eighth grade student Billie Sedlar. “We really had to get our of our comfort zone and learn to trust others.”

Added classmate Noel Cebula, “Trust was so important, because we were literally picking each other up and we were being lifted through the air. We had to really talk and trust to accomplish each challenge.”

The grant opportunity and the design of the day also represents an effort by Onekama teachers to make their eighth grade school year a great one for this special group of students, especially as they prepare for their end-of-the-year class trip to Chicago.

“What a special opportunity this was to connect with our students outside of the classroom, and to watch them challenge themselves and support one another,” explained Onekama middle school math teacher Michele Warman. 

Continued Warman, “The camp staff really engaged students in positive, professional, and creative ways. The skills students practiced today – communication, teamwork, and problem solving – are skills that will strengthen their achievements in the classroom and will help them navigate the waters of middle school and beyond.”

    Teambuilding was the goal of the day at the Portage Lake  Covenant Bible Camp, as Onekama eighth grade students worked together to complete challenges.
     Madison Gutowski and Cheryl Showalter are 
  all smiles after completing the “Giant Swing”     
       Landon Weaver reaches a hand to classmate  
  Abbey Pruyne to help her scale the wall during a 
  teambuilding exercise.

    Nate Corey participates in the crate stacking 
 challenge, as he is supported and encouraged by   his classmate Adam Domres.