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Open forum to foster discussion

Palo Alto High School will host  a series of discussions aimed to increase community discusiion within the town of Palo Alto. Dubbed “Tea Time,” students and alumni will have the opportunity to discuss the past, present and future of life in Palo Alto.

“We are trying to foster more dialogue in the community about any array of subjects, but wellness is specifically one of them,” said Paly WOPAC leader Alvin Kim.

“When you are going along the path of high school and trying to go through PAUSD, it easy to lose sight of what is in front of you.’’
Alvin Kim
WOPAC Leader

The first Tea Time meeting was held in the library on Oct. 25 after school.

While Tea Time opened up its first session at Paly this October, the program has been running at Gunn for the past year as well. Tea Time will be held during school hours, and students are free to ask any questions to former alumni.

“The premise is to get a few alumni from the [Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD)] high schools to return on a weekly basis and essentially, just be there to have an open conversation with students,” Kim said. “There is no set subject; we just go and talk about any subject we want, whether that is about wellness or the sports game last night.”

The idea was started by a group of alumni who felt that it would be a good idea to give current students their perspectives concerning anything about Paly after having gone through a similar journey that students are experiencing right now.

The alumni will undoubtedly have experience and be able to shed light about their experiences through Paly’s academic, social and athletic culture.

“All the people who are part of the program came directly from Paly, so we know what the culture is like, what the events are like, what the stresses are and how to deal with them,” Kim said.

Kim has already seen a number of inspiring improvements at Paly, and hopes to further raise awareness surrounding student wellness and health.

“We are trying to foster more dialogue in the community about any array of subjects ,be wellness is specifically one of them.’’
Alvin Kim
WOPAC Leader

“In terms of general trends, what I have been seeing out of Paly has been extremely cool and reassuring,” Kim said. “Just having the wellness center and having more people dedicated to community building and mental health is super important.”

Tea Time will continue to take place on Tuesdays during tutorial in the Library Resource Center until the end of the semester.

“When you are going along the path of high school and trying to go through PAUSD, it’s easy to lose sight of what is in front of you,” Kim said. “You do need to be healthy and happy, and we are trying to help students do that.”

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