The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) is gearing up for an exciting event after a six-year hiatus – Challenge Day is returning on March 12 and 13. This initiative, aimed at fostering a positive and inclusive school culture, hopes to be a transformative experience for grade nine students. Principal James Jones joined the SUN 102 Morning Show to provide insights into what Challenge Day entails and its potential impact on the school community.

The event, organized in collaboration with Challenge Day, an organization based in California, involves facilitating engaging activities led by adult volunteers to promote connection and break down barriers among students.

With approximately 200 grade nine students at ECS, the event will accommodate two groups of around 100 students each day. Held in the gymnasium, Challenge Day spans approximately six hours, packed with interactive sessions designed to encourage teens to step out of their comfort zones and build meaningful relationships. "It's going to be a morning of helping teens step out of their comfort zone, they're going to have some fun by playing a series of different games and activities," Jones explained.

The success of bringing back Challenge Day wouldn't have been possible without the tremendous support from the school community. Jones acknowledged the pivotal role played by the school community council (SEC) in spearheading fundraising efforts. "If it wasn't for our school community council, we wouldn't have been able to have this," he emphasized. Various fundraising initiatives, including a cash calendar campaign and outreach to local businesses and organizations, garnered overwhelming support.

Moreover, businesses like the Days Inn, Blackbeards, and The Beef Bar continue to contribute to the cause through their Burgers for a Cause fundraiser. Jones expressed gratitude for the generous contributions received from individuals and organizations, emphasizing the importance of community support in making Challenge Day a reality.

As the event approaches, ECS continues to seek adult volunteers to ensure its success. Jones emphasized the need for a minimum of 25 volunteers each day but welcomed additional support from the community. "Absolutely, if there are any adults in the community that feel like they'd like to participate or be a part of Challenge Day, they can reach out to me here at the school," he stated.

With anticipation building up, ECS looks forward to the positive impact Challenge Day will have on fostering a supportive and inclusive school environment.