Socially conscious students in Crestwood Middle School have now formed a new club, dedicating themselves each month to a certain cause, hoping to draw attention to various topics and make a difference.
The program is called RAISE, which stands for Raising Awareness in Students’ Environment, explained Crestwood Middle School Principal Bonnie Gregory, at the Oct. 20 school board meeting.
“It really is a great program,” she said, as four students involved with RAISE sat nearby at the front of the audience. Each of these pupils, along with four more, will head planning committees each month to spread awareness about a certain cause.
October’s RAISE campaign is cancer awareness. Activities, created and planned exclusively by the students, include wearing a different color to school each day to represent a different type of cancer, the sale of bracelets to raise money for a cancer-related charity, and the viewing of a film pertaining to the disease.
“All the decisions and all the activities that are going on are decided by the kids,” Gregory reported. Supporting the troops will be the focus of another month. Then, students will sell bracelets with funds going toward the Wounded Warrior Project; take up a collection for veterans’ homeless shelters; and bring in military recruiters to participate in gym classes.
Topics planned for future months include drug and alcohol abuse, violence, concussion and sports injuries, animal cruelty, and childhood obesity and nutrition.
After Gregory’s presentation on the RAISE program, Superintendent Joseph Gorham commended the students involved, “School isn’t just about grades, it’s about giving back to the community….I couldn’t be more proud of you.”
In other business, the board approved the hiring of various coaches at the high school, including Tony Caladie as a returning baseball