By: Alora Thayer
At the beginning of December at Clarkston High School was A World of Difference week. AWOD is a class that "wants to help others and make the world a better place" mentions CHS student and AWOD member, Daisy Reddaway.
Throughout the week, AWOD was trying to get students to understand what perspective is and how your perspective on yourself, others, and situations can impact your life. There were 4 different lessons teachers participated in with their students and then on Friday there was an assembly.
On Monday during first hour, every teacher passed out pieces of candy with inspiring quotes on them. Daisy Reddaway said that the reason behind doing this activity was "To brighten peoples day if they were feeling down, plus they were easy to make." On Tuesday during second hour, teachers had students think about how you can become a friend to yourself. On Wednesday during Wolf Time, students were shown a video and talked about their perspective and then on Thursday during 5th hour, there was a video shown on how even when your life is at a low point you can always make the best of what you have. After the video was shown there were a few questions, one of which asking the difference between being an optimist and being a pessimist and which one do you think you are. Students were reminded that being optimistic means that no matter what happens, you try make the best of everything and have a good attitude whereas being a pessimist is when you always tend to see the worst part of situations and expect the worst to happen.
During the assembly, Julia Schichtle and Daisy Reddaway talked about your perspective on yourself and listed ways you can achieve becoming a good friend to yourself and why you should.
Kaylee Percival and Isabel Limbert spoke about how everyone has gone/is going through something that you don't know about; they even did an activity to help further their point, they listed off different scenarios like; for example parents going through a divorce or loss of a loved one. When they were finished listing these scenarios, they had everyone who could relate to the things they listed to stand up. Unless you knew the people next to you very well, you'd have no reason why someone was standing up. Kaylee even shared an experience of her own.
Noah Kostecki and Amy Coomer spoke about situational perspective, situational perspective as described by Noah Kostecki is "how you judge a situation based on the people involved, the setting of the situation and how it can affect you and your well being." Overall the whole presentation was very well put together. They even had a few videos to show one including a pictures taken during the lunch activities.
During all lunches AWOD had a few activities you could participate in such as the ball pit, which was where you go and sit in the ball pit with someone you don't very well or someone you do know very well and ask a few questions that are written on the balls. There was also oversized Jenga that had the same concept of the ball pit, where some pieces had questions written on them.
Kaylee Percival commented on the games "I think that when people participated in the ball pit and Jenga and actually did it they saw a really good purpose of it and I saw a lot of people actually answering the questions and taking the time to stop and talk about it which was exactly what they were for so I think that went well."
When asked who created the theme for the whole week numerous students said Mike Snider came up with it. So when asked how he came up with the perspective theme he explained, "at first it was just because I wanted to do carnival mirrors at lunch, I thought that would be a great idea, but then I realized it was sort of a good idea in the end. And I kept saying it, over and over again." While there weren't any carnival mirrors at lunch, as cool as that would have been, the theme of perspective stuck and AWOD did a very good job at getting the messages across.