Hiram Johnson students, staff share stories at ‘Challenge Day’

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Hiram Johnson High School held a Challenge Day program on Thursday for 125 students.

Challenge Day is designed to sensitize students to issues related to oppression with particular emphasis on ending bullying, harassment, racism and homophobia.

Through a combination of fun, team-building activities for the larger group and intensely personal sharing exercises in small “family” discussion groups, Hiram Johnson students built connections with each other and with the nearly 30 adults that supported the event.

Adult participants represented a diverse array — participants included school staff, district staff, parents, recent Johnson graduates and representatives of various SCUSD partner groups.

The event was coordinated by the Hiram Johnson Student and Family Support Center through the school’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant from the California Department of Education. This was Hiram Johnson’s fifth Challenge Day in recent years.