When an announcement about the Howard School's new Outdoor Leadership Club came on over the school intercom one day earlier this semester, JaKaela Moore wasted little time.
"The moment I heard it, I went and signed up," the 10th-grade student said after school on a recent day, as she and a group of peers prepared to canoe the North Chickamauga Creek.
From canoeing and camping to archery and hiking, the weekly after-school club is removing the barriers between students and the outdoor offerings that have earned Chattanooga accolades in recent years.
"There's a big gulf between the 'Best Town Ever' and the city that my students live in," 11th-grade English teacher Brandon Hubbard-Heitz said. "They don't have the opportunity to go mountain biking or climbing. People aren't teaching them, and they deserve it. They deserve that opportunity."
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