All Kinds of News for February 14, 2018
EDGE Learning and Wellness students enjoyed a day full of fish, fins and fun at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium this past January. The trip was EDGE’s first Community Outing of 2018 — a twice-monthly excursion that helps students explore the cultural, intellectual and recreational aspects of Chicago.
“There are so many places to go and things to see in Chicago, so we are meticulous with our efforts to plan activities our students want to do,” said EDGE Life Coach Carissa Johnsen. “Group activities like this one also help students overcome the anxiety of going through a new experience alone.”
Students made the most of their new experience by walking through every exhibit and learning about places such as the Amazon River, Caribbean reef and Pacific Northwest. After getting up close and personal with the likes of beluga whales and penguins, students gained a newfound appreciation for the beautiful wildlife residing just a few miles from EDGE.
“I really enjoyed the aquarium,” said one EDGE student. “I liked seeing the blacktip sharks; they are aggressive and enjoyable to watch.”
Although EDGE students have successfully crossed one activity off of their Chicago bucket list, they still have an endless number of things they’d like to do in the future. For one of next month’s outings, students have decided to attend the Chicago Auto Show, the nation's largest and longest-running event of its kind.
“What I continue to find interesting is that Chicago contains something for everyone,” said EDGE Executive Director Jason Wynkoop. “Therefore, every community outing that students choose ends up being highly desired and exciting for some of the group and really challenging and difficult for other students. That's the beauty of it: we are helping students understand that there's value in shared experience. We can grow together and have fun even if we enjoy different things."
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 - 24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.