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1 Be The Change at Watkins Memorial High School

2 What does Challenge Day do?  Pro-Active way to change school climate  Helps students successfully address the issues of the following within the context of teen life: Violence & Death Bullying, Teasing, & Aggression Discrimination & Stereotyping Eating Disorders Alcohol, Tobacco & Drug Abuse  Program is designed to: Increase personal sense of power and self esteem Shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support Eliminate the acceptability of teasing, oppression, bullying, and all forms of violence

3 What is Challenge Day?  Powerful and life changing experiential workshop designed to support students in building deeper, more compassionate relationships in every area of their lives  Day-long, non-profit program in which students participate includes: Series of interactive activities Group discussions Ice breakers Trust building exercises.  Students learn: How to break down the walls of separation Build on new levels of trust, acceptance, respect, and communication with their peers, families and themselves

4 How is Challenge Day Innovative?  Zero Tolerance Policies rely heavily on REACTIVE responses to violence, bullying, etc. Expulsionary measures (detentions, suspensions, expulsions) Installing security cameras Resource officer  Research on bullying and violence consistently advocates PROACTIVE, school-wide programs that promote positive school and community climate  Challenge Day  Challenge Day significantly reduces peer victimization by requiring the participation of the community of students, educators, parents, and members of the community

5  Watkins is a community with supports meaningful, innovative programs designed to enrich the lives of our youth  WMHS embrace a population of students that are ethnically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse… Nearly 10% are minorities (134 students at WMHS) Over 31% receive free/reduced lunch (32% district-wide) Over 16% have a disability (178 students at WMHS) Nearly 3% are in the Foster Care system (32 at WMHS)  Per Pride Survey Spring 2009… The average age of first use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana for incoming 8 th graders is 10.6, 11.1, and 11 respectively 33.1% Threatened a fellow student 22.3% Being afraid at school, 19% Being hurt at school 7.4% Thought often or a lot about suicide Why Watkins?

6 Challenge Dayhas been featured: Challenge Day has been featured:  New York Times Best Selling Book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul  Emmy Award-winning documentary Teen Files: Surviving High School, which aired nationally in September 2000  Aired twice on the Oprah! Television show in November 2006 and January 2007  Challenge Day in Central Ohio High Schools: Big Walnut, Westerville

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8 Be The Change at WMHS Challenge Day Challenge Day is coming to Watkins!  All Incoming Freshmen: Sept. 12, 13, 14 th  Selected Upperclassmen: Sept. 15 th Target Participants:  100 student participants, 25 adult participants each day = 400 students and 100 adults participant volunteers  Challenge Day  Challenge Day will take place in the wrestling room, lunch will be provided  This is a part of a larger initiative to reconstruct Freshman Orientation - annual event!

9 We need YOUR help!  Upperclassmen Recommendations Selecting 100 sophomore, junior, senior students Base recommendation on personal, social, emotional needs (not necessarily academic) Return form to Stephanie Bellish by May 26 th  Adult Participants Seeking 5 Teachers per day = 20 total Sign up sheet if interested

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