With Summer Term @Ross drawing to a close on August 7, students made the most of their last weekend with friends by visiting New York City and an amusement park, as well as relaxing at home and the beach.
The fun began on Friday with a trip to Splish Splash water park in Riverhead. Together, the students braved water rides including Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, which included a 40-ft drop; Hollywood Stunt Rider, an action-packed raft ride with dips, twists, and drops in total darkness; and Dragon’s Den, a huge water tube slide.
“It was a great day, and particularly wonderful to watch several students, who are usually a bit shy, really come out of their shells and have so much fun with their classmates,” said Tiffany Best, Summer Term @Ross teacher, activity coordinator, and house parent.
On Saturday morning, the group boarded a bus headed for midtown Manhattan; it would be the first time many of the students experienced New York City. They arrived in the famous Times Square and went to see the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Matilda. The group enjoyed the play about a strong young girl who takes her destiny into her own hands. At points in the performance, the character Matilda speaks Russian, much to the delight of several international Ross students.
After the play, the students walked to the acclaimed City Kitchen for lunch, a restaurant experience that “brings New York’s most desired and hyped food concepts to the bull’s-eye of NYC.” The menu is a diverse mix of international cuisine and American classics, as well as tasty specialty sweets, ice cream, and donuts.
For one of the teenagers who lived in a Ross boarding house this summer and worked at Summer Camp @Ross as a counselor, the NYC trip was a final outing with his new friends before heading home to prepare for the school year. Their goodbyes were evidence of the close bond between housemates and schoolmates. One parent said the experience helped her child “blossom” and build confidence, and it was gratifying to see the difference the weeks had made.
Sunday, the students split their time between Atlantic Beach in Amagansett and swimming and lounging poolside at a boarding home.
For their final off-campus activity together, students and house parents will take a cruise around Manhattan on the Spirit of New York. The boat will get very close to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, making for an impactful and memorable experience.