Woodside 5th graders break through middle school obstacles

Riverview’s spring Call to Care finale was a smashing event when all 55 Woodside 5th graders broke boards to symbolically break through the unknown challenges of middle school!

Supplementing Woodside’s Elementary “Call to Care” initiative, Riverview’s lessons focused on improving the leadership skills of 4th and 5th graders by introducing the 4 B’s: breathing, blocking, balance and believing in one’s ability to succeed.

“This year’s aim was to encourage kids to think about how they could be better leaders and role models for younger children by giving them a few martial art tools to enhance the positivity in their own lives.” Says Carol Mecsas, Riverview Martial Art Director.

With 6 Riverview lessons taught this year, the Woodside 4th and 5th graders concluded with a field trip to Riverview’s 164 acre campus. Relaxing by the campfire, 4th graders soaked in nature and wrote down their leadership goals as they become Woodside’s budding 5th

The current 5th grade class addressed their concerns about entering middle school by writing their fears on wooden boards and using martial art techniques to break them. Shouts of joy rang through the campsites as all 55 kids successfully broke their boards convicted to bust through their personal obstacles.

Good luck Woodside 5th graders and we look forward to next year’s Call to Care classes!

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