Thanks to the efforts of Danelle Veillette, BHMS 7th grade Social Studies teacher and "Me to We Club" club sponsor, BHMS was selected as one of a limited number of schools in the country who was awarded a very unique opportunity by the WE Organization. WE is a movement that believes that "when we come together we can create an even better world". They offer resources to help create positive social change.
In February, representatives from the WE Organization presented to BHMS 5th & 6th graders, and then to 7th and 8th graders, to talk about the importance of:
• Understanding the implications of not taking action, why it is important both locally and globally
• Leadership skills + Responsible Decision Making (in the face of trauma/crisis)
• Feeling empathy and compassion for those around us
• Using different resources to help us make responsible choices which leads us to improve our social and emotional well-being
Students were allowed to sign up for in advance for 3-hour workshops that immediately followed each presentation. Over 60 students participated in the facilitator-led workshop which helped them develop tangible leadership skills, identify issues affecting their communities and come up with plans to take action in a meaningful way. Students learned that, will whether they are volunteering, fundraising, changing behavior or raising awareness, they can make a positive impact on their local and/or global communities.
In addition to being awarded the speakers and workshops, BHMS also received a $500 grant toward a volunteer opportunity, funded by Allstate. Use of that grant will be determined by the student participants in the Me Organization afternoon workshops. Mrs. Veillette started the "Me to We Club" at BHMS five years ago. Through the club, Mrs. Veillette has done a tremendous job in helping students look outside of themselves to see how they can help the world around them.