The Northern Westchester Examiner

Furnace Woods Gets New Climbing Wall

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2014 NWE 0610 Furnace Woods Climbing WallFurnace Woods Elementary School in the Hendrick Hudson School District has a new climbing wall for students, thanks to Box Tops For Education proceeds and fifth grade class gift funds.

The new 20-foot by eight-foot blue installation, which arrived last month, is attached to the Furnace Woods gym wall in sections. Children learn to move laterally across the surface from one side to the other. The activity strengthens arms and legs and improves balance while giving students a sense of achievement.

“We got not only the traverse wall with the rock blocks (but also) a noodle attachment and a fitness package that includes exercise bands for rowing and pulling, and flat blocks that assist the students in doing crunches on the wall,” said physical education teacher Chris Wickel. “It’s the Cadillac of all traverse walls.”

Furnace Woods Principal Dr. Helene Kane was impressed with the wall.

“The wall is so beautiful and engaging. I wanted to run up and climb it myself,” she said. “There are both physical and emotional benefits to climbing and it promotes lifelong fitness habits among children.”

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