ReDo now a Kings tradition
High school is full of many students of many different backgrounds and stories that many don’t always realize. ReDo Day, now a tradition at Kings, gives students the opportunity to learn they aren’t alone.
This year on Feb. 3, about 150 freshmen accompanied by 30 junior leaders will gather in the auditorium to share a little about their stories.
In past years it was a mixture of 9th through 11th graders who could participate. This year it was reduced to just freshman.
KHS Senior Merissa Edsell said she has fond memories of the event.
“I did ReDo Day my Freshman year. ReDo Day brought me closer to my peers, opening me up to the struggles that not only I faced but so did those around me.”
Redo day started 6 years ago through the Violence Free Coalition of Warren County. It is run by a non profit organization and focuses on Character development. This was part of the doctorate work of one of the founders, Robin Bryant.
KHS guidance counselor Alex Garvin, who helps organize ReDo Day, tells what he loves about it:
“I love ReDo day because it allows students to open up, be truly themselves in a safe
environment that allows for students to process and cope with things going on in their life in a safe way. It produces empathy and care for fellow classmates and a true respect resonates through the gym as stereotypes are broken down! It is a beautiful thing!”
This year we are going to have juniors and seniors help facilitate the groups. Which is a bit different from past years.
The point of the day is to be in small group discussions, about 5-6 per leader.
The students also participate in activities as one group, such as games to get to know another.
Edsell said, “ReDo day opened my eyes to those struggling with similar issues as I was which created an amazing support network for the following years at Kings High School.”
“My goals for ReDo day are that our student’s eyes are open to what school (and life) can be like if we give each other grace, compassion and genuine empathy,” Garvin said. “Our hearts can be healed and our lives can be full if we allow this LOVE for each other to encompass our building. It sounds a little corny or cliche but it is my deepest passion for the kids here at KHS.”
By Emilee Charneski