Recently, the seventh grade class at Depew Middle School participated in the annual Team Building Day at Depew Middle School. Started by Kathy Ward and Theresa Mercuri, both of the middle school, the day gives students an opportunity to participate in four activities designed to build cooperation, trust and a feeling of community.
The seventh graders were broken into groups of 12 and were led through the activities by high school leadership in action students as well as a middle or high school teacher. During the first activity, students participated in a trust fall sequence to foster confidence and reliance on each other.
The second activity, mission possible, had students working together to cross the gym floor as a team, using pool noodles, small carts and cones without touching the gym floor. The third activity gave students a chance to learn about different personality characteristics through True Colors, in order to increase awareness of themselves and others.
Finally, students were tasked with constructing a device for an egg drop challenge. Each team had to use their collective reasoning to keep the egg safe, using only supplies like popsicle sticks, cotton balls, paper cups, string and tape. The teams with the surviving eggs were brought to the cafeteria at the end of the day for a final drop. In the end, two of the remaining five teams from the earlier part of the day were successful in keeping their egg safe at all the heights.
The day’s events were planned and organized by Leader In Me TOSA’s Kelly Jeffords and Sal Carlino. Overall, the day provided both students and staff a chance to build relationships and camaraderie.