Every year at Brien McMahon High School, we spend a day exploring different activities and enjoy relaxation time in different classes. This is called, “Climate Day”. Climate Day is a bullying awareness day, where we do fun things until it is time to be dismissed. It takes place on a certain day in mid- October, and many of the students in the school enjoy it. Activities usually vary from relaxation, sports, music, food making, etc. The main idea for Climate Day is for kids to experience a day of fun. In other words, get a break from all of our school work.
Climate Day was designed to be a bully free day and to make kids feel good. A week before climate day, students pick the activities they wish to attend in their house (homeroom period). The day of Climate Day, each grade has an assembly for about half an hour, until the activities begin. Our activities are chosen by students from McMahon, or teachers. Each year, we try to change up the activities so that students don’t get bored by the same things.
McMahon has began to become very strict during Climate Day since kids started to take advantage. Kids often take climate day as a chance to leave school, which is never okay. Any students caught leaving school grounds usually receive a consequence which varies from a 3 hour detention to an In School Suspension. I agree that Climate Day may seem like a free day off, but I recommend coming to school and enjoying yourself. Climate Day is really a good entertainment to BMHS students, that shouldn’t be taken advantage of. It’s best to have a climate day and enjoy it, rather than not have one at all.
Climate Day is personally my favorite day every school year because it’s something that the kids in McMahon need. Being a teenager in high school is hard, and very stressful. We’re loaded with homework, tests, projects, etc and it all can become very overwhelming, or massive. Although one day in the whole school year may not seem like much, climate day is really a day that can have a positive effect on the students of BMHS. I feel like climate day would be better if we had one, at least once a month, rather than one day of October every year.
I believe that this day should be taken more seriously. When do you ever hear a day of high school students having fun ? Exactly ! Climate Day has always been special to me since I came to McMahon. It makes me feel like even though school can be very hard, there’s days where everything will be fine. My peers have stated the same thing. Climate Day is a day meant to bring everyone closer, and for everyone to meet individuals in the school , they wouldn’t usually speak to. All the different activities and all the different teachers and students you’ll encounter is thrilling. Climate Day is a tradition that every school should have in order for kids to feel better about going to school everyday.