Unity Day comes together again

Once a semester, the Unity club comes together to hold Unity Day, an event that takes up the entire day and gathers willing students in thy gym to come together and have a heart to heart about their life and the issues they’re struggling with.

The event, which was held on October 13th, drew students from all grades and backgrounds. Among topics discussed were  LGBTQ+ identity, religion, racial struggles, mental illness, and bullying.

Students gather to watch a video about self image and bullying.

“It was my second time coming,” said sophomore Wren Elliott. “I really enjoyed last time, and a lot of issues discussed related to me.”

This year, the club took a different approach to their groupings. Instead of last year’s form of having topic based groups that were self assigned, this year they assigned each student to a facilitator and had them get to know each other.

“I loved it,” said teacher Ms. Bacon. “I liked how the groups were made.”

Each group of students varied in size, and though some had a rocky start trying to get organized, they grew together throughout the course of the day and the variant of activities, including short movies and a talk.

“I liked how students would mix together in the gym to watch a video or hear a speech,” freshman Parker Gill said, “and then they would get back into their groups and discuss what they had just seen. It was really helpful to me and I felt it was a good break to the groups.”

Students worked on the “In Your Head” activity, which led them to talk about their worries and feelings.

Many of the activities pulled from the participant’s experiences to help them grow more confident in themselves. Some, such as the dot activity, had students walk up and get a dot sticker for every question that applied to them. Others, like the your body activity, had the participants talk about things they liked about themselves.

“I know some people think it’s just a way to get out of class,” said Elliott. “But it’s helpful. It really made me and other people who participated feel better about ourselves.”