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New Outdoor Leadership Club Engaging Howard School Students with ‘Best Town Ever’

New Outdoor Leadership Club Engaging Howard School Students with ‘Best Town Ever’
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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