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SCV junior highs ‘build bridges’

Strengthening interpersonal relationship skills

Posted: October 6, 2008 8:55 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Junior high students from across the valley converged on the Santa Clarita Activities Center Wednesday for the annual Youth Summit.

Junior high students from across the Santa Clarita Valley gathered Wednesday to participate in bridge-building activities designed to promote positive interpersonal and group relations between students.

The activities were part of the city of Santa Clarita's annual Youth Summit, a collaborative effort between the city and the William S. Hart Union High School District. Students were selected from all six Hart district junior highs and from Castaic Middle School, with around 350 students attending the event held at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

"We wanted to bring students together from all over the valley to see how much they have in common," said Greg Lee, the Hart district's coordinator of diversity. "We want them to then go back to their schools and become more engaged in efforts to build a strong supportive campus community."

Mayor Bob Kellar welcomed the students as they arrived, all wearing T-shirts reflecting the summit's theme: "Respecting Ourselves, Respecting Each Other."

Kellar encouraged the students to get involved with their community and reminded them that respecting themselves also meant respecting the environment at large and the community in which they live.

In addition to interactive activities, the students also heard from keynote speaker Keith Hawkins, who encouraged the students to show appreciation for the adults in their lives.

The day concluded with students meeting in their school groups to brainstorm ways to bring the energy and commitment of the day back to their own campuses. The goal of the summit is to encourage students to make sure all kids on local campuses are included socially and feel connected.


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