Doane Academy Seniors Canoe to First Day in Burlington City
- By Lisa Ryan
- Burlington County Times
- Posted at 12:29 PM
Original Post: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20180904...
Doane Academy seniors opened the 182nd year of the school by canoeing across the Delaware River.
BURLINGTON CITY — while many other high school seniors will rejoice this week to park their cars in the senior lot, Doane Academy students’ first-day transportation was a little bit different.
The 30-person senior class crossed the Delaware River in canoes to get to the waterfront campus for their first day Tuesday, fresh from a two-day wilderness retreat to open the school’s 182nd year.
“Everything went great,” said Headmaster George Sanderson. “A little warm, but great.”
Sanderson and other Doane staff members joined the students on the annual Senior Sojourn, a 24-hour camping trip that’s been a school tradition for about 15 years. It gives students a chance to reflect on their lives so far and what they envision for the future.
He said the senior class — small compared to other schools, though average for Doane — is a tight-knit group which bonded further around the campfire.
When they arrived at school Tuesday, it was as a group ready to set an example for the classes to follow, Sanderson said.
“We really do rely a lot on our seniors for leadership in the student body,” he said. “A lot of what we do when we’re together is talk about that responsibility.”
The whole school comes out to watch the seniors arrive in their canoes, further cementing the seniors’ image as trailblazers among Doane students.
“There’s kids here that, their whole time at Doane, they’ve been thinking about this,” Sanderson said of the tradition.