Challenge Day has been scheduled at VHHS for Tuesday, October 23rd. Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. Challenge Day rograms are designed to unite the members of the school and/or community and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the greater school population. Challenge Days also successfully address issues of violence, teasing, social oppression, racism, harassment, conflict management, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol and drugs.
Since, 1987, the Challenge Day Programs have touched the lives of over half a million teens and adults nationwide. The Challenge Day Program has received numerous awards from the juvenile justice system, government officials and many schools, districts, and cities throughout the nation, and was also featured in the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and the Emmy Award-winning documentary Teen Files: Surviving High School.
Ms. Schmit, VHHS counselor, has been instrumental in organizing and planning the VHHS Challenge Day and we would like to thank her for her role in bringing the Challenge Day programming to our high school. If you would like to volunteer to help out, she is still looking for a few adult volunteers and you can contact her at 766-5418 or through her school email.