On Friday, October 30, during activity period, FPD’s high school students and faculty will close their tablets, put away their phones, and connect with one another the “old fashioned” way – non-electronic games, activities, and simple conversation. Introducing FPD Unplugged!
“At FPD we embrace the use of technology, and believe its use in our context is extremely helpful in preparing students with necessary skills for future success,” remarked High School Principal Matt Kitchell. “We also understand that our students’ lives are overflowing with responsibilities and anxiety, and their minds are actively engaged with technology for large portions of the day. Sometimes our students just need to ‘unplug’ from their studies, phones and tablets and engage in purposeful, active conversations and activities with their peers and teachers. FPD Unplugged is a break from the norm.”
Faculty members have designed activities around a hobby or special interest that they are passionate about. Students can sign up and join in during activity period.
“The only rules,” noted Mr. Kitchell, “are that they cannot study or use any digital technology. They are simply asked to walk away from their normal routine and stresses of life, and enjoy their community of loving faculty and peers.”
The high school students can choose activities such as yoga, card games, participate in a ‘jam session,’ cookie decorating, go on a nature walk, throw the Frisbee, or head to the gym for some basketball. They can have fun, build meaningful relationships, gain perspective, and continue to develop those interpersonal skills that are critical to self-aware, engaged and persuasive adults.