September 10, 2006

Challenge Day

I was watching Oprah today and her show was about this program called Challenge Day. If you get a moment go on her website and check it out.

It was the best show I have ever watched. I sat crying for the whole hour, huge tears rolling down my face, good tears. Basically 65 high school students were taken through a series of games, drills and sessions where they broke down barriers, learned to communicate with people and see that everybody is equal. People who were once racist, bullying, name calling or just out of communcation with one another were hugging and telling each other "I love you" at the end. It was INCREDIBLE.

Here is a quote from Oprah website:
"Monroe High School is about to undergo a major change thanks to a program called Challenge Day. In one day, Challenge Day program creators Yvonne and Rich will bring together a group of students, from all different walks of life, and help them break down their walls to create a more unified community.Drug and alcohol abuse and bullying in schools are only symptoms of the real problems students face, Yvonne says. "The biggest problems in our schools today, we believe, are separation, isolation and loneliness," she says. "If our kids are feeling lonely, it's not because there's a lack of people. It's because there's a lack of love and connection between them."Another major reason kids are on edge is because they often feel their parents' stress from daily life or frustrations over what it takes to raise their children.One of the goals of Challenge Day is to work past the students' feelings of stress and isolation and help them form a bond with each other. "The kids that don't know each other from different cliques, backgrounds, belief systems, skin color…they're going to come together in here. What they're going to basically find out by the end of the day is that we're much more alike than we are different," Yvonne says.

The more programs we have like this the better!