Challenge Day began in 2007 and has become a tradition in each of the three Westerville High Schools.  This amazing program begins as a typical school day in which 100 students are excused from all of their classes.  They participate in a series of meaningful activities designed to address issues such as bullying, stereotypes, and violence.  As the day progresses, they get to know themselves and one another better, developing greater understanding, acceptance, and new friendships.  As the program commences, students feel empowered to "speak out" and make a positive difference in their lives at home, at school, and/or in our community.

Challenge Day 2018

Please help us make this year's Challenge Day meaningful and memorable. Each day, we need 25-30 adults volunteers to participate in Challenge Day with our students. In order to repeat the program for four days, we are looking for a total of 100-120 caring adults. The program dates and locations are as follows and the program time each day is 6:45 am - 2:45 pm.  

Challenge Day

What a great day
I shed a lot of tears
of course, Challenge Day
I got rid of all my fears

No fear to be me
A great feeling I must say
No one saying who we will be
And unbound bridges along the way

I learned now not to judge
And crying isn’t weak
My new state of mind won’t budge
A new world, I must seek

”An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
Something Ghandi had said
A time for peace and to just unwind
Wise words for some who is dead

That day is in my heart
The memories I will always praise
The words forever ringing in my ear
Be the Change
Be the Change
— -Taylor

Westerville Student Feedback

"I felt this amazing, loving vibe come off of EVERYONE in the room after everything was said and done.  It was so awesome!  To see that every time I crossed the line, I wasn't alone, and there were all these people sending love my way, it felt amazing."

"Today I learned so much about people and myself.  I learned to never judge someone because of rumors I've heard, whether they be true or not.  I learned that I need to give people a chance and to get to know them before I form opinions about them.  That and our "families" were my favorite.  I think the first time the group and I really started lowering our walls was the first time we shared with our families.  It was so humbling to hear their stories and to tell our own stories.  I have so much respect for people that I used to have none for."

"I got to apologize to a person that I really felt I owed an apology to, and I think that in the future we will become friends.  I had thought about apologizing before, but I don't think I ever would have (and made it effective) had it not been for today."

"Thank you for the opportunity to go to Challenge Day.  It was a really great experience, and I would love to do it again."

“Challenge Day was eye opening.  It was an opportunity to get to know the people who you sit next to every day but you never really know what they are dealing with outside of school.  I got to know people on a deeper level and made some great connections.  We need to make sure every student in Westerville has an opportunity to participate before they graduate.”

"For me, Challenge Day was probably one of the best days of my life.  It really shocked me how uncomfortable I felt telling my problems and fears to a group of people I hardly knew.  I felt relieved afterward.  I felt like a lot of the weight or worry I'd been carrying around wasn't there anymore."
"I like that we were all pushed outside of our comfort zones and paired with random people we didn't know to dance with and befriend.  It made me more confident because everyone seemed really nice and accepting, so I wasn't afraid to go up and talk to and even hug strangers."

"Challenge Day is not only about changing the way you see/treat others but the way you see/treat yourself."
"You know, I walk through the hallways like I do everyday, but today I heard things people saying that I never picked up...people that sit near me in my classes say so much about other people that I never noticed before."

"I truly loved Challenge Day.  I learned that I need to be more aware of my actions, my words, and my judgment.  I got to express my true feelings to someone, and for me to feel like I wasn't a bad person for feeling like this and having the adults there helped me to understand where my parents might be coming from and why they do and what they do in reaction to my feelings.  I gained, NOT learned, respect and love for all, and appreciation and learning that your feelings aren't bad and you need to express them.  Honesty with yourself and others will help building stronger and better relationships all over."

"We really need this.  A lot of kids are hurting in our school and need a place to be real and not judged, but instead embraced and understood."  I know that after Challenge Day, I was changed for the better, but without group change my change won't last.  I love what it is doing - it's changing people from the inside out."

"Challenge Day, without a second thought, changed my life.  I don't waste my time trying to impress people anymore.  I know who I am, and I love that person.  I'm not alone, and there are people going through the same exact things as me.  Today I am 100% me."