Washougal and Excelsior High School students and adults unite on Challenge Day around increased personal power

April 5, 2012

Challenge Day Participants consider ideas for personal empowerment (Contributed Photo)











On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Washougal and Excelsior High School students and adults participated in Challenge Day, an event designed to unite participants around a common vision, addressing issues of suicide, harassment, racism, conflict management, and alcohol and drugs.

Adult participants included over 30 members of the Washougal School District staff, elected officials, and community members. More than 100 WHS and EHS students across all grade levels participated in the event.

Challenge Day activities demonstrate trust and unity (Contributed Photo)

The goal of challenge day is to make WHS and EHS an even more welcoming place to be by increasing personal power and self-esteem, shifting peer pressure to positive peer support and eliminating the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression.

Trained Challenge Day Leaders created an environment of safety and trust to address social issues.

Challenge Day is designed to unite the members of the school and community and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the greater school and local community.

Challenge Day was made possible through a grant from the Clark County Department of Community Services.   High School Counseling Center staff wrote the grant and WHS/EHS was one of just two recipients receiving the grant this year.

Since 1987, Challenge Day Programs have touched the lives of over half-a million teens and adult’s, receiving awards from the juvenile justice system, government officials, and many school districts and cities nationwide. Through thought-provoking games, activities, and discussions, Challenge Day provides participants with tools to break down the walls of separation and isolation and build new levels of respect and communication.

For more information about Challenge Day, contact Dawn Tarzian, Washougal Schools Superintendent at dawn.tarzian@washougalsd.org