In any group of people honesty and the willingness to communicate are essential. There is no way that a problem can be fixed unless it is brought to everyone’s’ attention. Fortunately, here at Chewonki both the students and the teachers are willing to bring up any issue that may be affecting us. Last school meeting, on February 23, the students brought up the topic of stress, something that we all had experienced because of the rigorous schedule here. Because we were given the chance to discuss this we were able to give each other advice on how to help one another, thus alleviating the stress. We got suggestions such as “Go for a walk”, “Mauling wood” (a very good stress reliever!), “Make someone else happy” and to “recognize and respect your own limits”.
I admire the students for being willing to talk about this issue and our teachers for being confident enough to bring up this topic. Chewonki focuses on talking through a problem instead of ignoring it and letting it worsen, which is done far too often in school and life in general. It proves that the teachers here really care about our well being by trying to resolve our problems. These meetings are definitely making the community stronger by having the students help one another, and the teachers helping students.
Halie Morrell – Glen, New Hampshire