For millions of young people, bullying, violence, and other forms of oppression are a part of a typical day at school. Many students are afraid to walk down the halls for fear of being teased or humiliated. Others feel so alone and frightened that they cannot even pay attention in their classes.

Imagine a school where every child feels safe, loved, and celebrated. This is the vision behind Challenge Day, an award-winning day-long experiential program for middle and high school students.

On September 23rd, 24th and 25th, the acclaimed day-long Challenge Day program will take place at Ketchum Middle School, Ketchum High School and Vinita High School.

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Sami Jo Frisby from REC Round-Up Program giving to Challenge Day Coordinators a donation of $500 for each participating school. Pictured (L-R) Ben Lair, Vinita High School Coordinator, Sandye Berga, Ketchum Middle School Coordinator, Sami Jo Frisby, REC, and Marilyn Monical, Ketchum High School Coordinator.

Over 250 teens and 90 adults will experience the innovative workshop, which is designed to break down barriers and promote school and community environments based in understanding, acceptance, and love.

At a Challenge Day, teenage students, teachers, school counselors, parents, and members of the community are challenged to step out of their comfort zones, open their hearts, and build connections with others.

Two trained Challenge Day Leaders guide participants through a carefully-designed series of games, activities, and trust-building exercises that break down the walls of separation and create new levels of empathy and respect.

The Challenge Day program reduces teasing and bullying, teaches tools for peaceful conflict resolution, and inspires teens and adults to work together as forces for positive change in their communities.

Drug Free Community (DFC) first brought Challenge Day to Vinita High School in 2011/2012 School year. Our major funder was the Vinita Educational Foundation and Drug Free Community.

Drug Free Community brought Challenge Day back again for the 2012/2013 school year; Challenge Day was held at Ketchum Middle School, Ewing Halsell Middle School and Vinita High School. Major funders were Arvest Bank, Drug Free Community and Ketchum Can.

It is our hope that Craig County will invest in Challenge Day this year and for years to come as this will be the last year for Drug Free Community Craig County as our grant comes to an end. Any donation you might give us will be much appreciated.

Also, if you are interested in volunteering please contact Drug Free Community through our website www.drugfreecommunitycraigcounty.com or on our Facebook page.

We have a PayPal Account on these sites which makes it very easy to donate. You may also send your donation to P.O. Box 462, Vinita, OK 74301. For more information our phone number is 918-256-9791.

“Thank you for bringing Challenge Day to our school,” said one Challenge Day teen participant, “It has changed my life forever. It hurt me to see how many people have a problem in their lives, but it is also comforting to know that others are going through the same thing I am. I feel this day has changed the way I view others.”

Drug Free Community Craig County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit .