TEA, SD -
It began with music and some crazy dancing adults as students walked into the Tea Area High School gym entering a six-and-a-half hour long experiential workshop called Challenge Day.
The mission of Challenge Day is to show the possibility of love and connection and celebrate diversity, truth and full expression.
"They get a chance to see each other as human beings and as people for a lot of the reasons that we separate normally," Challenge Day leader Angela Aguilar said.
Through different games and activities, Challenge Day leaders and adults provide a safe environment for each student to open up about what experiences they have been through to a group of peers they may have never thought they'd mingle with.
"We just bonded and [they told us] what experiences they've gone through in life and what similar experiences we've had together and it just really makes you look differently at your whole grade," senior Sarah Maka said.
Tea Area High School Principal Collin Knudson participated right along side his students throughout the experience.
"There are so many take-aways from this that I can't think of another experience that our school could bring that would be of this magnitude," Knudson said.
By the end of the day there were some tears, but even more hugs. This group of students walked into Challenge Day being peers, but left together as close friends regardless of what may have separated them before.
"Going back into school I'm so excited because all of the kids that you didn't know before you can see them in school and know them better and I can just relate to them more," Maka said.
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