An event usually starts with a good idea. Then, before you know it, that good idea becomes a tradition. In the sixth grade at Haverford, such an event is our annual field trip to Hawk Mountain. The event started in 2001 as a part of our science curriculum. The trip is an opportunity for our boys to observe and learn about raptors that migrate over the world famous bird sanctuary. However, over the past 15 years, we learned that viewing the migration is more difficult and often a rare occurrence, while hiking is a guarantee. We also learned the value of the hike in building a relationship with our newest Middle School students.