Natalie Wheeler, 5th grade teacher at Joseph R. Pye Elementary, is helping her students climb to new heights. Literally. She is being recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina as a Fearless Teacher and has received funds to build a rock-climbing wall at the school.
The check for $5,781 was presented to Wheeler by Glenn Niemiec of BlueCross BlueShield in front of 4th and 5th grade students on December 12th.
The company’s Live Fearless campaign asked South Carolina teachers to submit a story on how they would like to bring the concept of Live Fearless to their classroom and what resources could help achieve that goal. More than 100 teachers in the state submitted entries for their classrooms and BlueCross BlueShield selected three teachers statewide to receive the Live Fearless award.
Wheeler said the rock-climbing wall will help students Live Fearless to set goals, learn about teamwork and conquer a fear of heights.
Once the rock-climbing wall is complete, Pye Elementary physical education teacher Erin McWhorter will develop curriculum and activities for use of the wall by students and staff.