Lincoln-Way East and West Host Bullying and Suicide Awareness Presentations
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lincoln-Way schools are hosting a variety of initiatives throughout the month of October as part of National Bullying Month.

Today at Lincoln-Way West, sophomores, juniors and seniors attended a presentation titled “Warriors are Kind.” School counselor Chrissy Hack and Activities and Asset Coordinator Heather Novak presented to groups of students during their advisory. The presentation helped students understand the differences between rude, mean, and bullying.

“We all have a story,” said Mrs. Hack. “Everyone comes to school carrying something. There are so many of you that are battling things and maybe you haven’t told anyone.”

“We see each other every day, but we don’t know everything that is going on,” added Mrs. Novak. “Maybe you think everything is ok, but you don’t know. So being aware of that, maybe you connect it to something, or maybe just having empathy for others and know they could be going through things that you don’t see from the outside."

West will be hosting the same presentation for freshmen on October 22. They also have a wide variety of events coming up next week for We Are Warriors week, in coordination with the nation-wide Red Ribbon week.

Over at Lincoln-Way East, PPS Director Jeanne Schaefer and Activities and Asset Coordinator Jaime Pearson hosted a Suicide Awareness presentation to students during their advisory. They stressed the importance of protecting a friend or someone they know who is struggling, expressing how much each student matters.

“You are more important than you realize. Life gets complicated. All that pressure can build up and some days you feel like you don’t have choices,” said Mrs. Schaefer.

They expressed how important it is if you see something, say something and how teachers are there to be their trusted adult. They also introduced a variety of Griffin leaders who are involved in various clubs and are there to support each other. Every student left the presentation with a blue bracelet with the Crisis Line of Will County phone number on it.

Both presenters at East and West reminded students of the District’s online Bully/Safety Report http://www.lw210.org/parents/bully-reporting-form.php. The District investigates every submission to this anonymous report.

Lincoln-Way Central will host a bullying presentation to students during their advisory on October 24.