On October 6, 100 seventh grade students had the opportunity to participate in Challenge Day at Berkshire Middle School, thanks to a partnership between the BEF, the Berkshire PTA and Berkshire Middle School.
Students spent 6.5 hours together with 26 adult volunteers and facilitators from the Challenge Day organization. The day began with a dance party (yes! a dance party at 8:30am), and then moved on to team building exercises, working to bring everyone together.
Once everyone was feeling pretty good, and comfortable around each other, the program turned toward the serious. Students and adult volunteers were given the chance to share about their life experiences in a family group, and to to get to know one another just a little better.
The afternoon culminated with "Cross the Line". an exercise meant to highlight how different life experiences have impacted each participant, and to show love to each other. Everyone present was visibly moved during and after this exercise.