Midland Christian School Sees Success with Challenge Day 10/23/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 23, 2013
Midland - It's a program that local school officials say is breaking down barriers and unifying students; that's why they keep bringing it back.
Midland Christian first brought challenge day to the Permian Basin two years ago.
From the beginning as students are greeted, energy is high at Challenge Day.
Outside looking in, it may look like all fun and games, but stick around long enough and you'll see something deeper.
"We're showing the kids they're not alone," Sandra Candia with Be the Change Permian Basin said.
Students spend an entire school day in one room, learning about each other and open up about topics that many are afraid to talk about.
"We're breaking down barriers," Kevin Wallum, a teacher at Midland Christian School said. “Barriers of different cliques, barriers of no love, we work to bring those down.”
Midland Christian was the first school to bring the program to the Permian Basin. They've seen such an impact that they're working to put every student in junior high and high school through it.
"The more times we bring it, the more students we'll reach," Wallum said. “The more students we reach, the more change we’ll see in our school.”
"Even if it's just for a day, they'll know that they aren't alone," Candia said.
It's everyone's hope in the program to be the change you want to see in the world.
Students found that although we come from different walks of life, turns out we aren't that different from each other after all.