2016-12-22 / Opinion

Challenge Day Made A Positive Impact at Cedarville School

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:

I am writing to congratulate and thank Les Cheneaux Community Schools for choosing to host “Challenge Day” for our high school students last Monday. I am a volunteer Drama Club advisor. I was scheduled to have rehearsal with my students following Challenge Day. When the kids came into our space to rehearse, the excitement and positive energy they were exuding was remarkable, so remarkable in fact, that I didn’t want to break the magic, so instead of rehearsing, we talked. The theme of this particular Challenge Day was “Igniting School Connectedness.” In visiting the Web site (challengeday.org) the program was further described as creating an environment in which all students feel “…safe, loved and celebrated….” an environment in which “…enemies find common ground and make amends.” Based on the feedback from my students, these goals were accomplished. They said: We’ve done other programs, and it’s like, OK, fine, but nothing is going to change. This is going to change things. I can’t wait to come to school tomorrow.

It sounds too good to be true, but having participated in group therapy myself, I have experienced its power. I applaud LCCS for bringing this important program to our school. I see the tremendous need for it every day. Many thanks, too, to our Challenge Day leaders, and the Chippewa County Community Foundation for underwriting the program.

Lisa Dunn

Hessel

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