STERLING – Area freshmen attended the 12th annual Building Lasting Impressions That Never Die retreat Sept. 12 and 19 at Westwood Fitness & Sports Center.
B.L.I.N.D. is a diversity and tolerance program designed to encourage students to become more self-aware, to see their similarities rather than their differences, and to promote leadership. This year’s retreat brought together 598 students from Rock Falls High School, Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling, Dixon High School, Fulton High School, and Morrison High School.
During a summer retreat in August at YMCA Camp Benson, 72 student leaders from the schools gathered for 3 days of leadership development, wellness, and asset building. These student leaders then were the leadership team that led the freshmen through a day of activities. The focus was on Assets 101, team building, small group discussion, crossing the line, affirmations, and an opportunity for students to share thoughts and reactions to the day. Community members and school staff and administration were part of this effort.
Also helping out were KSB Hospital, CGH Medical Center, The Monogram Shoppe, Crest Foods, Sterling Rock Falls Family YMCA, Westwood Sports Center, Sterling Rock Falls Community Trust, Sauk Valley Bank and the Rock Falls High School and Newman choirs.