By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s mayor was among the participants in this year’s annual “Building Adventure” fundraiser for the Outward Bound program. Participants brought attention to the program by rappelling down a 31-story building.

Katie Newsom Pastuszek, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, says her program helps foster confidence and other positive outcomes in school aged children. “Outward Bound is the world’s oldest and largest adventure based program. We do experiential education, so we take students and we change their lives through challenge and discovery,” she said.

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For the past four years, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has participated in the annual fundraiser by rappelling down the side of a building:

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Kuznits: “How does rappel number 4 compare to rappels number 1, 2 and 3?”
Nutter: “You know, they’re all about the same! You’re up high, you’re always nervous!”

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Pastuszek says this is their main fundraiser and it’s crucial in order to keep the programs going: “We’ve lost a lot of funding from the school district but it’s very important for us to keep up those partnerships and those services and this event helps us do that.”