Thursday began as any normal Thursday would with students arriving at their E block classes. That is until Mr. Delinksy’s voice sounded across the loudspeakers as students cheered and filled the halls. Everyone knew what this meant: Beyond the Books. This was a time to “untuck your shirt” and “loosen your tie” because this day was about to be filled with fun, interactive activities and compelling speakers as organized by the administrative staff under the leadership of the guidance counselor, Lisa Gray.
Beyond the Books continued with the freshman and sophomore classes participating in activities called “Live a Little!” Various teachers led little activities in their classrooms where the lower classmen rotated four times. Dr. B led a drumming circle, O’Neill and Newman led an art class, Ms. Kittel and Mr. Johnson led tap dancing, Mr. Whitford led an information session on his experience on bee keeping, Ms. Vellenga and Ms. Lhaki led an origami class, Mr. Strunk and Dr. Romeyn led a “So you think you can’t sing” activity, Ms. Donoghue and Ms. Conrad led musical easels, Mrs. Booth led a self-defense class, Ms. Roshan led a yoga class, Ms. Zazaris-Davis led a Middle Eastern dance class for girls, Ms. Yen, Dr. Bryja and Mr. Chellman led a puppy bowl circle, Mr. Teets led a talk about sports, Ms. Nolan led a cooking class, Mrs. Hollars led a chocolate candy class, Ms. Mayer-Sattin led a Tai Chi and Martial Arts class and Mr. Cramer, Ms. Chehak, Mr. Stanford, and Mr. Kinder led a challenge course near the shed.
Next, freshman, sophomores and juniors proceeded to watch a performance about the harmful affects of bullying and how to go about dealing with a difficult situation. Personal experience was used to portray a realistic way in dealing with bullies. While all other classes learned about bullying, the seniors had a Q and A with each of the Speak About It actors and actresses, where they were presented with situations and asked how they would have dealt with them.
2:45 came around, signifying the end of Beyond the Books. Mr. Delinksy gave closing remarks and students carried on to attend their sporting events and various extracurricular. Beyond the Books proved to be just what the students needed after a stressful week of school. Who knows what next year’s Beyond the Books will bring!
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