By Jessi Traughber, Dean of Culture and Restorative Practice
On March 2, Highline High School held its annual Solidarity Days event. In the past, this day has been focused on bringing the Highline community together, recognizing and honoring our diverse student body, and creating space for students to share their experiences. This year, in response to the isolation, disconnection, and other challenges that arose from the pandemic and distance learning, the day’s theme was shifted to building connections and giving staff and students a day to focus on their personal well-being.
Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to participate in sessions that allowed them to connect with their peers and staff at Highline. These sessions ranged from fun, light-hearted activities like games and art projects to lessons around managing stress and monitoring mental health to affinity groups where students discussed their experiences. While there were some challenges with holding this day in a virtual world, much of the feedback from students and staff was very positive.
This event encompassed many different types of wellness and provided concrete ways to engage in and practice wellness strategies. Please reach out to Jessi Traughber if you’d like support to start a Solidarity Days event at your own school for staff and/or students!