This group raises awareness of mental illness and substance use disorder. The students have come up with the ideas and once a week in home room are presenting or doing an activity related to mental health. Last week it was Kevin Hines Golden Gate Bridge video.
I went in today to show them this exercise. I call it the Resilience Game. It’s very simple and easy to execute and teachers themselves don’t run it. The students do. I figured why not let them lead this one? Since do something every week, they are looking for ideas.
The atmosphere at that school is so different and a lot more open in the three years since they started this group. Their mascot is the Eagle hence the name, “No Eagle Left Behind.”
I love that the principal, Leigh Dunavant never hesitatied. She got tired of seeing people suffer and took some bold steps forward, all within the rules she is governed to follow. She never said, “I don’t think we can do that for lack of resources.” I hear that one a lot. She said, “We’re doing it and we will find the resources.” What’s happened is the students are supporting and helping each other. They are connecting more which is making a difference. And you can feel it.
I wish all schools did this. Maybe it will have a ripple effect by spreading good ideas.