Community, collaboration, and compassion. These are the values behind C-Day at Lansing High School.
C-Day offers students a chance at a day of non-traditional classes, all of which are designed to reflect and promote collaboration, community, and connection among students and staff.
C-Day originally began many decades ago by Lansing High School English Teacher Julie Berens. The event would take place every two to three years and was originally called D-Day. The focus for D-Day was workshops, seminars, and guest speakers. In 2014, Lansing High School Teacher Isis Ivery decided to work with her Race, Class and Gender students to bring back D-Day after it had taken a hiatus for a few years. The class decided to rebrand the event as “C-Day.”
“We preferred the C because we already had A and B days at school,” said Ms. Ivery “Calling it C-Day indicated it was a different day, and helped us rebrand the event a bit.”
The new C-Day has taken place in 2014 and 2016, and is next scheduled for March 21, 2018. The event focuses on community, collaboration, and compassion and consists of a full school day of workshops, a speaker, and community service in the afternoon. Many of the workshops are led by students, others by teachers, and some by local community members or college students. C-Day is generously funded by the Lansing PTSO. The event offers a wide variety of programs for students to choose from, ranging from cooking classes to arts and crafts to kayaking classes. Following the workshops, students will then take on a community service initiative in the afternoon.