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Jackson County Middle School Challenge Project




Bullying, teasing, isolation – these occur far too often in our schools. Their effects can be devastating and life-changing and can include low self-esteem, poor grades, truancy, depression, substance abuse, and violence. The MLK Diversity Committee (a partnership between the Chamber, the Jackson County ISD, the Jackson Human Relations Commission, and other community members and organizations) designed the Middle School Challenge to empower students to create a school-wide culture of kindness.

The program draws on the one-day experiential workshop called Challenge Day but goes further. Designed to engage student participants in activities both before and after Challenge Day, the program promotes collaboration among educators, students, parents and community agencies in a focused effort to improve the social climate of area middle schools. Challenge Day is held yearly in November.

After Challenge Day, participating schools are challenged to have the students plan and implement activities that keep the Challenge Day message alive and to work toward ensuring every student feels safe, loved and celebrated at school. 

The MLK Diversity Committee organizes and raises funds for this project.  It is a partnership between the Chamber, the Jackson County ISD, the Jackson Human Relations Commission, and other community members and organizations.

Each year the Committee commissions a short video documentary about Jackson Middle School Challenge program, which is premiered at its annual MLK Diversity Breakfast.  Here are some links to recent videos.

Big Thank You to Jackson College and Western Community Schools for hosting our Challenge Day Programs!

2017 Challenge Day Video

2016 Challenge Day Video

2015 Challenge Day Video

2014 Challenge Day Video

2013 Challenge Day Video

2012 Challenge Day Video

2011 Challenge Day Video


The Change Starts Here Newsletter - check it out!!

If you would like to support the Challenge Day Program, please download the Challenge Day supporter brochure. If your company has a volunteer match please consider choosing Challenge Day!

Annual Report for 2017 Challenge Day Program

Annual Report for 2016 Challenge Day Program

Annual Report for 2015 Challenge Day program

National Challenge Day website
If you are interested in being an adult facilitator for the this year's Challenge Day please call (517) 782-8221.

For additional information, please contact (517) 782-8221.