LEARNING THE ROPES

LAKE IS LABORATORY FOR EDUCATION

Posted: December 20, 2012 at 2:04 a.m.

Jonathan Barrientos, a Rogers High School student with cerebral palsy, rappels down a cliff with outdoor education instructor Jeff Belk Dec. 12 at Lincoln Lake. Rappelling and rock climbing are two of many skills students learn in outdoor education at RHS and other area schools.
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Jonathan Barrientos, a Rogers High School student with cerebral palsy, rappels down a cliff with outdoor education instructor Jeff Belk Dec. 12 at Lincoln Lake. Rappelling and rock climbing are two of many skills students learn in outdoor education at RHS and other area schools.

LINCOLN High fives flew all around while, one by one, a dozen giddy high school students rappelled smoothly down a 50-foot sandstone cliff.

Shawn Flannigan, an instructor, works the ropes on Dec. 12 that help students climb up a rock wall. Jonathan Barrientos, right, watches after rappelli...

Flannigan rolls Jonathan Barrientos to the edge of a cliff Dec. 12 so he can rappel 50 feet to the bottom.

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Outdoor, Pages 6 on 12/20/2012