Posted: Sep 20, 2010 6:41 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Sep 20, 2010 6:42 PM
A small group of high-school students in Lafayette are hoping to make a big difference in the way students treat each other. This week Comeaux and Acadiana High are taking part in Challenge Day.
The new MTV reality show "If You Really Knew Me" is based on the program. It airs on Tuesday evening at 9 pm.
Comeaux High Senior, Paul Rubio, said many students get "teased or bullied for clothes they wear, or not having enough money."
Rubio says the hardest part of high school for students isn't Algebra or Chemistry....but rather dealing with other students.
"I've been bullied before and bullied someone. Coming to the first challenge day opened up my eyes to stop bullying," he said.
Challenge Day teaches students how to break down social barriers.
Comeaux High Teacher, Lisette Henderson, helped coordinate the day. She said the the first hour and half was light-hearted.
She explained, " we booty danced, we did lap triangles we played sand volleyball."
After a little fun...they got down to business.
Henderson said "we saw actual real apologies between students and between teachers and students."
Students had small group sessions where they discussed the struggles they face everyday.
Lafayette Education Foundation Director, Kimberly Wooten, said " what this day does is it opens up the minds and goes a lot deeper than what stereotypes really are."
Rubio says the day has definitely made an impact on him.
" I want to be the stone for someone," he explained. "I want to be there for people now."
Comeaux High will host a second session on September 21. Acadiana High will have its own Challenge Day on September 22 and September 23 at the Robichaux Center on Eraste Landry.
Visit www.challengeday.org to find out more information.