The countdown to Challenge Day begins |

The countdown to Challenge Day begins

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunStudents of Sierra Mountain Midlle School play "Two Bun Volleyball" during a past Challenge Day.

The dates for Challenge Days are rapidly approaching. If you missed last week’s article about Challenge Day you can find out about Challenge Day at

Challenge Day is a one-day event where students, teachers, parents, and community members spend the day breaking down the barriers that create tension and separation between people. During the process, participants see that people are not so different and that almost everyone has felt the he or she would like to help make a change in the world. A sense of camaraderie, friendship and compassion is the tone with which all participants conclude the day.

The workshop will address issues that all people deal with in the process of growing up. Some things are really tough to deal with; If individuals don’t have a good method of handling things, then they sometimes find other ways to cope which can be destructive to the self and others.

The Challenge Day program offers some techniques that youth and adults can use to navigate the daily challenges of growing up in today’s world.

The main thing needed, at this point, is the support of parents and other adults for Challenge Day and after Challenge Day.

Parents and other caring adults will gain insight, skills and other untold rewards from attending a Challenge Day and sharing in the support afterward.

Challenge Day requires 30 adult volunteers per day to achieve success. Those interested in volunteering their time may contact Stacie Creps at: or 550-9506. E-mail is preferred except for those unable to do that.

Volunteers are needed in Truckee from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Feb. 27, 28 and on another date in March to be determined.

Volunteers are needed at North Tahoe from 7:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. on March 2.

There will also be opportunities after Challenge Day for support with the skills and lessons of Challenge Day. Many adults and students find it very rewarding to work together to create a safe environment where everyone feels celebrated and empowered. There will be periodic updates, meetings and projects for those who want to participate in “Be the Change” activities following Challenge Day.

” Stacie Creps

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