Godwin High School No Eagle Left Behind Club

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.

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Author: Anne Moss Rogers

I am the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am President of Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health as well as a writer and public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. I was a marketing professional for years prior to losing my son and co-owned a digital marketing firm.

8 thoughts on “Godwin High School No Eagle Left Behind Club”

  1. Thanks for visiting us Anne Moss! The kids really enjoyed the activity. I always enjoy hearing you speak.

  2. My sister and I both went to Godwin. I wonder if they would let me speak at their club to share my story?

    1. Hi! I am a member of no eagle left behind and I recommend you email Mrs.Dunavant if you are interested in joining us!

  3. Garrett graduated from Godwin High School in 2009. Mental Health, suicides and attempts were not topics of discussion. When local nonprofits wanted to come into the school following such events they were not welcomed. It’s wonderful to see these positive changes.

    1. Different administration. I met with Leigh the first year she was principal. She was open on the topic and tired of seeing kids suffer and feel isolated. And she, the counselors and the students have created an atmosphere of open conversation on the subject.

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