High school can give you a headache.
There are college classes and everyone in a social clique.
Staff at Bishop Lynch High School wanted to help.
“We have a plan for today. Go for it. Blindfolded and everything today, guys,” said teacher Pam Price.
Twice a week, students meet with their Mentor Group, an assigned “House” to which each student and faculty member belongs. They socialize, connect and tackle tasks.
Wayne Carter attended one of the first schools in North Texas to use the “house system”. The students at Bishop Lynch High do things like chair races down the hall.
Students recently had to trust a partner to guide them blindfolded in, under, and through a maze of offices.
“I was like there was no way she was doing this right. She was going to throw me into things on purpose, so I was really nervous,” student Jillian Jackson said. “Once we started it was really fun. I noticed, ‘Oh, she’s doing that legit and we’re going to get there. “I ended up liking it a lot.”
Jackson says these mentor groups have made a big difference in reducing stress and helping the place feel like family.
Most of the activities are designed by student leaders like Natalie Lark. “I just have a really creative mind,” she said.
After all, what professor would invent chair races in the hallways.
“I love it because you meet new people, especially postgraduates like seniors, sophomores and juniors,” student Aidan Murphy said.
They’ve only been dealing with this at Bishop Lynch for a short time, but students and principals tell us they’re sure it’s having a huge impact.