As part of our Next X initiative, our district is committed to cultivating healthy mental well-being and social-emotional skills to prepare students and staff to interpret and respond to situations with intentional behavior, empathy, and resilience. One of our goals is to partner with social, medical, and mental health services to promote collaboration with schools, families, and communities.
In this video, you will hear from students and staff about one of those partnerships, Challenge Day. This is a daylong program we host in each of our high schools. It is a day that goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts. It builds empathy and inspires a school-wide movement of compassion and positive change. We address some common issues seen in most schools, including gossip, rumors, negative judgments, teasing, harassment, isolation, intolerance, racism, sexism, violence, suicide, hopelessness, and hidden pressures to create an image, achieve or live up to the expectations of others.
The Next X Initiative is a strategic vision to guide our journey from 2020 to 2030. Over the course of this year, we will share our stories. We will hear from our students and staff about the things we are doing to accomplish the many goals of Next X.
We want to thank Dot’s Tots for providing the funding for Challenge Day. Ashley and Andrew Warnock created this local charity to provide support to families providing foster care, children with debilitating disease or illness, scholarships for seniors and so much more. We are grateful to this organization for providing this opportunity to our community.