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Kecoughtan students express themselves through ‘I Am’ wall

Students from Kecoughtan High School are expressing themselves through an “I Am” wall in the hallway of their school.  The wall gives students an opportunity to be themselves and identify who they really are through an anonymous, no judging outlet.

The wall came about when students from the school attended an inspirational workshop that is designed to teach students how to accept everyone, eliminate cliques and become good leaders.  Students from the school’s Student Council Association, Principal’s Advisory Consulting Team, and the class officers attended to represent KHS.

Jennifer Phillips, president of the Parent Teacher Student Association, designed the wall and posted the individual messages.  She said the students were very excited about the wall, which was based on a best practices model.

“The idea of the ‘I Am’ wall meant way more than just writing characteristics about yourself,” said Syorsha Anderson, a junior who attended the workshop.  “It was a way for everyone to express themselves and let people know that, hey I’m not just smart, I’m an artist, I am unique, etc.”

Another student, Victoria Sanzo, a freshman, said, “The ‘I Am’ wall gave us a chance to freely express our individuality and I feel that most of the students saw it as a chance to open up without being labeled.”

All students were given an opportunity during lunch or in their English class to fill out a card with a characteristic that described them.  Students did not put their name on the cards.  Some cards contained positive words, while others were negative.  However, the majority of them were positive and uplifting.

Phillips said it was a great experience.  She said she was pleasantly surprised by the conversations with the kids as they walked by the wall while she was working on it.
Students shared that they felt like the activity was well received by other students and gave them a chance to show who they are.

Isaiah Morton, a freshman at the school, said, “The ‘ I Am’ wall is our family picture.  It makes us stronger as a whole.”

“It gets rid of discrimination and stereotypes and brings the KHS student body together as a family,” added Angelina Fragala, a senior at the school.

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