Newark Seniors Hit the Slopes for Final Class Trip

Our students may be used to the squash courts, but recently our Newark seniors traded in their racquets and tennis shoes for snow tubes and winter boots.

Over the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our Newark seniors and staff packed their warmest clothes and headed to the Pocono Mountains for a well-deserved – and last – overnight senior class trip.

It is hard to believe our seniors have already started their final semester of high school. Of course, we look forward to this moment – especially as our seniors have started to receive acceptance letters and are now finalizing their post-secondary plans. However, this milestone is also bittersweet, and we will miss seeing our seniors every week. That is why we like to take the time to celebrate and bond with our seniors during their final overnight class trip. These outings are a unique opportunity for our students to build lasting friendships and to foster closer relationships with staff, which they will maintain even when the after-school portion of the program ends.

Our Newark students and staff were excited to try out a few winter sports, some for the very first time. To kick off the weekend, our team headed to Camelback Mountain, where everyone had the chance to enjoy snow tubing. From there, the group grabbed a bite to eat and settled in for the evening.


Newark seniors enjoy the outdoors and thrills of snow tubing.

The next day, students and staff traveled to Big Snow, an indoor winter sports venue located at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey. Everyone opted to try snowboarding over skiing, which resulted in some laughs, although most everyone quickly got the hang of the new sport.


Charmain Walkin (left), Director of College Access and Success, and Ty’Asia Bullock (right), Academic Coordinator, take their lessons outside of the classroom and hit the slopes with their seniors, like Zhae, Class of 2020.

Newark seniors pose for a group picture during their final overnight team trip – one of many fun adventures over their time at StreetSquash.

“Our class trip to the Poconos was one of our seniors’ last overnight bonding opportunities. It was bittersweet having them all under one roof, as we will truly miss them once they graduate. I loved seeing the joy on our seniors’ faces as they enjoyed new experiences for the first time – just like they will as they head off to post-secondary programs in the coming months.”
– Ty’Asia Bullock, Academic Coordinator

And just like that, our seniors returned to class and the squash courts. After a great weekend of bonding and fun, we hope all of our seniors feel ready to tackle these final months of high school and finish the year strong. Check out some of the post-secondary institutions our seniors across Harlem and Newark have already been accepted to:

A&M University

Alfred State College

Benedict State University

Bloomfield College

Bowie State University

Central State University

Cheyney University

Claflin University

Clark Atlanta University

College of Saint Elizabeth

County College of Morris

Delaware State University

Dillard University

Drexel University

Edison Job Corps

Essex County College

Fisk University

Fort Valley State University

Grambling State University

Hilbert College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Ithaca College

Johnson C. Smith University

Kean University

Liberty University

Lincoln State University

Manhattanville College

Mohawk Valley Community 


Morgan State University

Neosho County Community College

New England College

New Jersey City University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Norfolk State University


Onondaga Community College

Rowan College at Gloucester County

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Rutgers University – Newark

Saint Peter’s University

South Carolina State University

SUNY Buffalo State College

SUNY Cortland

Talladega College

University of Bridgeport

University of Rochester

University of Virginia

Virginia State University

Virginia Union University

West Virginia State University

William Paterson University

Winston Salem University