It’s that time of year again. Every high schooler is prepping and waiting for it anxiously. It’s . . . Earth Week! Yes, perhaps in the midst of a hectic school year,…
The first of November: The Halloween decorations get sent back to the attic, the pumpkins are chucked in the garbage, and jumbo-size bags of candy lay in the discount aisle at half price. Within minutes it seems, everything is replaced by Santa hats, snowflakes, and Christmas songs playing at every department store. Forget about Thanksgiving; the end of October seems to signal a deep hidden urge as the steady background chant of Christmas, Christmas, Christmas is heard.
This year, a new curriculum is being implemented in all ninth-grade health classes. It is a suicide prevention program called Lifelines, which is taught by Ms. Lattarulo, the Student Assistance Counselor. Lifelines is a four-day course, and each day focuses on a different aspect of suicide and intervention. It is meant to raise awareness of teen suicide and erase the stigma and myths surrounding it. By providing facts, warning signs, and models of possible scenarios, it is an important resource for teens to understand how to help a friend that is struggling or what to do if they are approached by someone who is.
In 2011, the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act was created, which expanded on the original anti-bullying law created in 2002. One of the requirements is that every year, the first week of October is the Week of Respect. The Week of Respect was created to highlight the importance of kindness and promote awareness of how bullying impacts the community.