Jefferson Middle School 5th Graders Support Mental Health


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Jamestown Public Schools

Jefferson Middle School fifth graders in Gina Hess’ class are raising the school’s knowledge of good mental health by showcasing Mental Health Awareness Month.

The students are encouraging everyone in the school to wear green every Friday in May. In addition, they are selling green lollipops and fidget spinners after school to raise money for the Mental Health Association at The Gateway Center. The students will also hold a Walk-a-Thon at Strider Field on May 31st. They are getting donations for the amount of laps that they walk that day. If anyone would like to donate to the students’ cause, please donate in c/o Gina Hess at Jefferson Middle School, 195 Martin Road.
In addition to the fundraising efforts, students also created posters with Mental Health Awareness and provided wellness tips during the morning announcements.

The idea for the month came from Mrs. Hess.

“It is an important cause surrounding invisible illnesses that is often stigmatized in society. We all know classmates, friends or family members that face this pain daily. It is our hope to encourage open-mindedness among each other and community members,” said Mrs. Hess.

Jefferson Middle School students have enthusiastically embraced the cause.

“It’s important to help out your community,” said Jefferson Middle School fifth grader Madelyn Strickland. “Especially because some people need help but don’t always have a way to get it and if they did they would live happier and longer. Also, you learn more about what is happening in your community.”