The final installment of Indian Lake Middle School Youth Leadership used blindfolds to focus on different kinds of diversity.
Kelly Tracey of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services led the group in several activities. Students started out with a game called “Train Wreck,” which helped them learn how each individual in the room was alike and different. Tracey talked about first impressions and why it is important to make a good one. She also led an exploration of stereotypes for people of varying socio-economic levels and cultural backgrounds.
Finally, the students were asked to take part in a supervised exercise in which they wore blindfolds and gloves and put cotton in their ears. While essentially blind and deaf, with lack of normal feeling in their hands, the students tried to perform tasks such as putting on and buttoning a shirt over their clothes. Tracey said, “This activity really demonstrates what it takes to live with a disability.”
ILMS Youth Leadership consists of 10 7th grade students and 10 8th graders. The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center brings in community leaders to work with our Youth Leaders three times throughout the school year. This is the seventeenth year this program has been offered to middle school students in Logan County. Dozens of local businesses help sponsor the effort.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.