A time that I feel as though my school made a decision that showed they cared about what students think is last year when they allowed Youth Leadership Through Adventure (YLTA) to host a school climate day. YLTA planned the whole day with activities to get the student body more involved, and it was a great opportunity for us to get to know new people. The students were facilitators of small groups and we all interacted with each other in a way that demonstrated inclusion.

Back in middle school, I felt respected by peers as well as teachers when I stuck up for a girl who was being bullied, even though my “friends” thought I shouldn’t have gotten myself involved.

A teacher who has mentored me, as well as many others, would have to be Mrs. H. She is amazing. She values kindness, peace, honesty, and many other great things.

—Berlin High School