According to a 2020 Guide2Research study, 75 % of American high schoolers and half of middle schoolers described themselves as “often or always feeling stressed” by schoolwork. With that in mind students from our Memorial Early College Chapter decided to find a way to encourage students during one of the most stressful times of their year – testing season. Because students at this school are highly driven and academically advanced, this time of year decreases their sociability and connection to one another.
Members decided to increase their school connectedness with hand written cards – 341, enough for each student in the entire school to receive one – with thoughtful, personalized messages. They also organized and invited the entire student body to an ice cream social at the end of this exhausting state-wide testing week to spread kindness and positivity and help create a closer school community.