Breaking Down The Walls

By Valerie Mosier

Today marks the beginning of the Breaking Down the Walls program-a first experience for Timberline.

Breaking Down the Walls is a nationally-touring program founded by Living for Learning Inc., meant to enhance school climate and culture, making it more positive and supportive. “The basis of the program is really on the idea of understanding the person next to you,” said Assistant Principal Josh Hamblin.

The program will last from Monday until Thursday, beginning with an hour-long assembly on Monday morning for all students. Over the course of the next three days, about 80 student leaders will be chosen to lead 150 students in motivational, culture-building activities. The students are chosen as randomly. “They want those [student] leaders not to just be leadership students, but other students who aren’t in leadership too,” said ASB President and senior Ethan Humphrey. “I want [students] to feel like they’re a part of something, more than just themselves or a club or a sports team, but a part of Timberline in general.”

Both staff and students alike around campus are excited for the possibilities that Breaking Down the Walls may bring. “What I love about the idea about Breaking Down the Walls is it’s school-wide, and it’s gonna bring people together who might not ordinarily find themselves engaging or interacting together,” said leadership teacher and Activities Coordinator Beth Belisle.

Both River Ridge High School and North Thurston High School took part in the same program just last week. Now, it’s Timberline’s turn to take on the task of making our school more inclusive and supportive. “In a time where we’re becoming more and more disconnected as a society because of technology, just going back to the basics of human contact [and] interaction, there’s kind of a necessity for it,” said Belisle.

Visit later in the week for updates on this event.

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