Area 7th graders build character skills at retreatAll 7th grade students at Discovery Middle School (DMS) in Alexandria took part in a Respect Retreat in late October.
All 7th grade students at Discovery Middle School (DMS) in Alexandria took part in a Respect Retreat in late October.
The event was facilitated by Sarah Reif, 7th grade dean of students at DMS, and Meghan Orgeman Crumb, a guidance counselor at Jefferson High School (JHS).
About 60 juniors and seniors from JHS served as leaders at the retreat. The high school students are involved in S.L.A.M!, a student leadership group dedicated to teaching younger students about healthy decision-making.
Students participated in fun, energetic activities featuring team-building exercises, small group and large group discussions centered on learning more about respect in a variety of settings. The activities encouraged students to use teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Each JHS student led a small group of about five students. Within these small groups, students had the chance to get to know each other and talk more in-depth about life as a 7th grader compared to life as a junior or senior in high school.
Each small group developed a mission statement centered on how they were going to carry what they learned back to DMS.
Small groups presented their missions and recorded their statements on a banner that will be hung in the 7th grade hallways at DMS.
The Respect Retreat inspires students to respect themselves, to respect others and to strive for respect at school.