On Wednesday, September 14, approximately 50 Bloomingdale Middle and High School students traveled to the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in order to participate in the 2016 Josten’s Renaissance Back-To-School Tour rally. While at the Breslin Center, the students listened as two featured speakers shared their personal stories and thoughts regarding how students can assume ownership in their schools and lives and create positive change on both a small and large scale.
The first speaker, Dr. Phil Campbell, a school principal from Tennessee, shared many ideas with students for school activities and initiatives aimed at raising school spirit and improving school climate. The second speaker, Mike Smith, a youth motivational speaker, shared his personal story of transformation from a teenager who tended to bully others to a young person dedicated and committed to helping others.
Each student participating in the Back-To-School Tour field trip volunteered to be a member of a new leadership group at BMS/HS. The primary goal of this new leadership group, called the Student-Principal Advisory Team, will be to generate and implement new ideas for improving student life and school climate throughout the school year at BMS/HS. Group members will be responsible for leading discussions with their advisory classes in order to get input from the general student body and then participate in monthly meetings with the principal to discuss initiatives.
In total, more than 4000 students from across the state of Michigan participated in the Back-To-School rally at the Breslin Center.