Challenge Day at Queen Anne County High School
“It was very powerful getting students to interact outside their comfort zones and gain appreciation and empathy for their fellow students. Teens generally socialize with others of similar socioeconomic means. They typically are in groups of the same race, or other similar interests. This program brought strangers together to share experiences and promote understanding and acceptance of others who may have very unique and different backgrounds,” said Richardson, emphasizing once again, “It was very powerful.”
Many emotions and reactions, including crying and laughing, were frequently experienced by participants, he said.
“I believe ideally every student would [should] have the opportunity to participate in it [Challenge Day],” said Richardson.
In all, the day was a huge success, said Ward. Since Challenge Day, several parents have called to thank the school and Principal Amy Hudock, because their student had come home unable to stop talking about how wonderfully positive the day had been.