Rock climbing

Chief Shikellamy gets a climbing wall for students

Sept. 21—SUNBURY — Thanks to several donations, students at Chief Shikellamy Elementary will now be able to rock climb inside the gymnasium.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Jason Bendle and the Shikellamy Chief Admin showed off the new climbing wall and the students loved it.

“It’s awesome,” said 8-year-old Melanie Shreck. “I look forward to coming here all the time.”

Principal Mike Egan said he was delighted that students had another activity to do at school.

“It’s a great addition and teaches students a new skill and teamwork skills,” he said.

The wall will be used by students in grades three through five, Bendle said.

“Every student who passes through Chief Shikellamy Elementary can use the wall,” he said. “Shikellamy teachers contributed to the climbing wall by donating an extra dollar from a clothing sale from last year.”

Physical education teacher Matt Shively said the kids loved the new wall.

One of the donors was the Carodiskey Foundation and NRG North and there was another private donation, Bendle said. The total cost was $15,000, he said.

Rosalie Karpinski, 8, a student at Chief Shikellamy, said she was excited to learn to climb.

“It’s so much fun,” she said. “I’m glad we got that.”

Allen Suncar, 9, a fifth grader, agreed.

“It will be a great exercise,” he said. “I look forward to coming here often and climbing the wall.”

Bendle said the district is grateful for the donors and happy for the students.

“We are very grateful for that,” he said. “It will be another activity for the students and they love it.”