MSR parent Laura Longo shares a story about her son’s experience and his rite of passage on the traditional Upper Elementary community-building trip to Betsy-Jeff Penn. In the fall of each year, the Upper Elementary students take a trip to the ropes course camp called Betsy-Jeff Penn in Reidsville, NC to build community and self-confidence. Team-building exercises help younger students take their place in the group, communication skills exercises show students how to grow in their classroom roles, while the “Pamper Pole” gives the older students the chance to reach for a lofty goal as they prepare for leadership. Laura tells the story of how her son grew along with the challenges each year on the BJP trip and how, with the support of classmates and caring teachers, he was able to build self-confidence and ultimately reach his goal. Trips like Betsy-Jeff Penn allow students the opportunity to succeed by providing them with guidance and a nurturing environment. These are some of the experiences you’ll have at The Montessori School of Raleigh where we prepare students for life.