Southport Middle School’s sixth grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at our annual Sixth Grade Student Retreat. This year’s theme was respect.

To begin the day, students met in the gym to give each other positive affirmations in an unusual game of “musical” chairs. They were then split into small groups with adult team leaders and sent out to participate in various team building activities throughout the day to play games and take part in small group discussions. In their groups, they wrote motivational letters to their future selves, which will be returned to each student later in the year for them to see their progress. They read their Palanca letters of encouragement from teachers, staff, and family members and then reflected on the day’s activities. At the end of the day, students were taken for a blindfolded trust walk for “a day in a life of a middle school student” where they met teachers, parents, and then were welcomed into the Media Center to enjoy conversation together and later the Halloween Dance, sponsored by Student Council.

Jeane Bartlet, Treasure Coast Council Director for Girls on the Run and Josh Rowell, Worship Pastor from First Baptist Church of Port St Lucie, gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as respect, potential, self-respect, self-esteem, and bullying.

The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.