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Challenge Day
By Karen Eakes


February 02, 2010
Tuesday AM

Editor, SitNews

I would like to urge all parents of high school students to sign their students up for the Challenge Day events happening here in Ketchikan on February 16th or 17th at Ketchikan High School. Schoenbar's Challenge Day occurs on February 18th and that event already has a full slate of student participants.

Challenge Day events bring people together for a day of powerful activity that breaks down social cliques and diminishes racial, social and cultural tension by building a sense of belonging and connection between people. These events will provide a framework and structure for students to gain a stronger sense of personal connection to one another and begin to positively impact their school community through intentional actions and discussions. The goal of the day will be for each participant to begin to:

Notice - what's happening in the world around them;

Choose - actions that create positive change; and

Act - as a living example of the power of contribution and active participation..

As follow-up to these events, "Be the Change" teams will be formed at each building to share the experiences of Challenge Day with the rest of the student body and to continue the many positive activities and ideas that will continue to build a positive school environment.

The Strengthening Cultural Unity taskforce of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition has been working on bringing this nationally recognized event to Ketchikan since the summer through fundraising efforts and all the detail work related to making Challenge Day happen. We have space for up to 100 high school students and 50 adult volunteers at each event on the 16th and 17th. Please contact Ketchikan High School for more information and to sign your student up or to volunteer for this very special experience.


Karen Eakes
Strengthening Cultural Unity taskforce member
Ketchikan, AK


Received January 01, 2009 - Published February 02, 2010


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