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Challenge Day Appoints Anne Wilson as Interim Executive Director

Challenge Day has appointed Anne Wilson as the Interim Executive Director. Anne will oversee the operations and management of Challenge Day while the organization searches for a permanent leader. ”Challenge Day is thrilled to have Anne join us for this critical role. She brings a wealth of experience and an amazing list of accomplishments in […]

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Schools Say, “We Need Challenge Day!”

Over one-third of high school students in the United States reported experiencing poor mental health during the pandemic, while nearly half of students, 44%, reported feeling persistently sad or hopeless in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a recent survey of 16,370 parents across every state in […]

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7 September Self Care Tips

by Ayana Cariaso 7 Self Care Tips to help curate the ultimate self care routine for you. Remember, every self care routine is different and unique to each person. These are just tips to guide you in a direction that feels right to you.         1. Sleep The first and probably one of […]


ESSER Funding Tips

If you have ESSER funding and want to prioritize the social-emotional well-being of parents, students, and teachers, partner with Challenge Day to build a more positive school climate. Visit our website for options best suited for you. Read our document below or download our ESSER funding tips guide here.

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COVID-19 Response and Re-opening

This is a moment of extraordinary transition for the US (and the world at large). Re-opening the economy, and our schools, will involve decisions based on incomplete and changing information that must be made in an uncertain environment. This document is an effort to outline our organization’s safety protocol expectations and our COVID-19 response as […]

Facilitator Kevin Synarski congratulates a volunteer on “getting weird” and building morale in a team-building activity during a Challenge Day event Nov. 4, 2019 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Challenge Day helps people learn to recognize internal and external social and emotional issues and pressures. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Erica Blanton)

Airmen Immersed in Resiliency at Challenge Day Event

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Hello! My name is Erica, and if you really knew me, you’d know that I’ve been going through a lot lately. Depression, anxiety, weight gain (and not a lot of weight loss), three new jobs in one new town, and a pretty devastating haircut (I don’t know who needs […]


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 […]