In an effort to build unity among the junior class at Hopkins High School, students participated in the third-annual Junior Unity Day on March 12 and 13. The day included a series of team building activities including open and honest conversations, and opportunities to engage with classmates they normally wouldn’t.
Hopkins High School Principal Doug Bullinger said the focus of the day was on social and emotional learning.
“Unity Day is about taking pause from how hectic high school can be to build connectedness within the student body, to see the commonalities that exist among us, and to highlight the positive in one another,” Bullinger said.
All three years have been led by motivational speaker Keith Hawkins. Students delve into difficult topics that may affect them like bullying and mental health, and they share their own experiences.
Bullinger said there has been an overwhelmingly positive response for Unity Day from students. Empathy is a key trait that Hopkins Public Schools wants to cultivate in all students as part of the Vision 2031 process. Through this two-day retreat, students are allowed an authentic experience that builds compassion, understanding, and empathy.