On Saturday, May 21st, a few of our team members as well as some people from our school's PRISM program traveled with Dr. MC (our gifted and talented teacher) to Mercer County Park to volunteer at a walk hosted by Attitudes in Reverse, a program that we had collaborated with before. They provided therapy dogs to sent to hospitals, schools, etc, and invited people to come walk their dogs or jog, both stress-relieving activities.
Our team members volunteered at water stations for thirsty walkers, joggers, or dogs, setting out bowls for the dogs to drink out of.
We also participated in the walk after handing out water, walking back to the start of the path.
After the walk, Tricia Baker, the co-director of Attitudes in Reverse, spoke movingly about her son who killed himself due to stress and depression. We helped release butterflies to remember those unfortunate people, and to make sure they never stray far from us.
We learned much about suicide prevention, loss, and how we can help, which motivated us even more to help the children in our school, and others as well.