For three days, La Cañada High School students took part in Challenge Day, an anti-bullying event to celebrate diversity and communal spirit.
Two highly-trained leaders from San Francisco Bay led the event. During Challenge Day, students and teachers participated in several activities and games. Students stated that they had a chance to become close with students of different grade levels and learn more about each other.
Students also participated in introspective and emotional activities that taught them to face the fear of rejection and deal with outside judgment. One student commented that the activities let students open up their inner characters and share a sense of camaraderie with people dealing with the same problems.
One student commented that the activities let students open up their inner characters and share a sense of camaraderie with people dealing with the same problems.
“I don’t think anyone came out of the gym with a dry eye,” one of the participants said in an interview. “It was definitely a ‘challenging’ day for me, but it is one of the best experience I’ve ever had in my life.”
Teachers also benefitted.
“It was really a thoughtful and mind-provoking experience,” said Mr. Ben Powers, an English teacher at La Cañada High School. “ I realized that I should really look at my students not just as teens who just take my class and leave, but as people who have feelings and personal lives as well.”