The inaugural training for Restorative Peer Mediators (RPMs) was held at Hueston Woods State Park in Oxford, OH on Monday, November 22 through Tuesday, November 23. Twenty-two students in grades 6-12 participated in learning how to mediate conflicts in a restorative manner. The training was led by eight staff members and consisted of several topics including: Definition of RPM, Identifying Conflicts in our School, Active Listening/Paraphrasing, Sympathy vs Empathy, and Understanding People’s Needs When They are Hurt. During the two-day training/retreat, students also participated in a community hike, swimming, a campfire with smores, and a night hike. The students shared their growth experiences and learning outcomes in a closing circle. Their experiences were thoughtful, heart-felt, and sincere. There will be a follow-up meeting on Monday, December 6, 2021 in the RP Room (Room #202). We will discuss a duty roster and shadowing opportunities for our new RPMs. We are also offering a Restorative Practices class next semester. If your student is interested please email Ms. Dietz at firstname.lastname@example.org.