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.
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 Reports for the Challenge Day Program:
Challenge Day Videos:
The Change Starts Here Newsletter
For more information:
If you are interested in becoming an adult facilitator for the this year's Challenge Day, please call (517) 782-8221.
For additional information on this program, please contact (517) 782-8221.