Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
“Unforgettable.” “Inspiring.” “Eye-opening.” These are just some of the superlatives used by students and faculty members to describe Challenge Day, which was attended by freshmen and members of the Roslyn High School faculty and staff on Nov. 19, 20 and 21. The object of Challenge Day is straight-forward: to create a school environment in which every student feels safe and supported by peers and adults.
On each of the three days, about one-third of the ninth-grade class, as well as 30 teacher and staff volunteers, were guided through a day-long series of games and activities by two experienced group leaders from the Challenge Day organization. While the activities were lively and engaging, they had a serious purpose. By the end of the day, participants achieved both a heightened understanding of the impact of their own behavior and a poignant realization that their
experiences and struggles are shared by others. The strong emotional response felt by many during the course of the day was evoked by an emerging awareness that there is much more to each of us than the face we present to the world each day, as well as by a deep sense of responsibility, which was kindled in students and adults alike, for the well-being of others.
Also participating in the program were 24 senior peer leaders, who will meet with freshmen in the coming months, under the supervision of faculty, to reinforce the lessons and help to fulfill the promise of Challenge Day.
With this first Challenge Day in the district, Roslyn joins hundreds of other schools around the nation, including several dozen on Long Island, whose focus on social and emotional learning has been greatly enhanced by this extraordinary and moving program.
Roslyn High School is grateful to the Parent Faculty Association and the Roslyn Bulldogs Booster Association for their generous support of Challenge Day.
— Submitted by Roslyn School District