Solidarity Days at Highline High School

A Highline High School student wrote the following article. The views expressed here do not reflect the views of Highline Public Schools or Highline High School. 

Solidarity Days at Highline High School
Jaden Gaalema

Sallee, Weist, Woehr, and Zuber are checking in facilitators

Friday, May 3, Highline High School had its first of hopefully many Solidarity Days. A whole day was set aside for this event.

Before the kick off assembly, all facilitators met in the library for one last orientation before their day full of responsibilities. 

Ms. Raikes helps kick off the Solidarity Days assembly

To kick off the event, all students attended an introductory assembly. The purpose of this assembly was to talk about the problems at hand, those the event intended so solve, as well as showcase the schedule for the day. After the first assembly, students were split into various assigned rooms. Each room was populated with a mixture of students from different grades. In these assigned rooms, there were two sessions. The first was the workshop session.

Discussion sessions

In the workshop sessions, students had the opportunity to discuss their various problems experienced either on campus or in general. It was intended to be a safe space to discuss their thoughts and feelings about many sensitive topics. They also discussed many ways that Highline might be able to improve the conditions and situation. All conversations within the workshop were considered confidential at the students’ discretion. After the workshop the students participated in an art activity.

Discussion Sessions

During the art activity, students could create an illustration of what solidary meant to them after discussion. A common depiction was an outline of a students hand with words or illustrations what express their personal solidarity.

At the end of the day, students attended a concluding assembly. This assembly was used to close out the day. Going over previously covered topics and allowed students to leave with the hope of improving the culture of Highline High School.