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  • Camp kicks off school year for Eldon Middle School newbies

  • Seventh graders at Eldon Middle School were welcomed with open arms to their new school building last week. It was the student's second full week of school.
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  • Seventh graders at Eldon Middle School were welcomed with open arms to their new school building last week. It was the student's second full week of school. On August 28 and 29, seventh graders got to participate in what has become a more than 20-year tradition, Seventh Grade Camp.
    For two days, students rotate through nine stations. They get to go to six on day one and three on day two and finish up at the Eldon City Pool on the last day. Students got to participate in activities including fishing, archery, air rifles, core on the floor, jiu jitsu, frisbee golf, golf, making paracord bracelets and decorate camp t-shirts.
    "Seventh grade camp is one of our favorite activities of the year. These students are new to our building, and we want to start their year off with something fun and exciting," Principal Shaun Fischer said. "There are several purposes for our camp, but the most important to me is for these new students to get to know the staff and to connect with them, to build relationships."
    Fischer went on to say that he is able to share his love for a unique sport with his students and show a side of himself that they may normally not get to see.
    "As the principal, the students know what I do for a living, but I get to share with them my love of archery. Every student gets the opportunity to shoot a bow and arrow. I get the opportunity to get to know them better. I made several connections this year with students who also enjoy archery; we now have something in common, and that is good for everyone," Fischer added.
    Other staff members get to be involved as well, like a custodian, Larry Brown, who also happens to be a Jiu Jitsu instructor.
    "The kids love working with him, and those students respect him and his job after spending an hour with him," Fischer said. "It is great time that the students and staff really enjoy."
    The 50 acres of land that include a pond and frisbee golf course that surround the middle school help make this camp possible.

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