MAYVILLE - Signs reading "Your lawn has been raked" were placed throughout the Village of Mayville on Friday, Oct. 26 when student volunteers helped spruce up lawns of senior citizens and others within walking distance of the central school building.
Members of Student Administration and the Sources of Strength pilot program participated in the community service project, along with advisor Steve Johnson, advisor and principal Josh Liddell and Superintendent Ben Spitzer. The volunteers completed two hours of raking just as a week of rainy weather arrived.
SOS is a comprehensive wellness program embedded with anti-bullying, anti-harassment and anti-suicide messages. It helps students develop multiple sources of support, so that when times get tough they have resources they can rely on. Students were surveyed this fall to gauge the impact of the SOS pilot program. Results indicate peer leaders have reached a high percentage of students and have made positive changes in their own lives as well. The survey showed 89 percent of students reported receiving a SOS message or being involved in a SOS activity, 74 percent of peer leaders believe more students get adults involved to help bullied or suicidal peers than they did before the program began and 94 percent of peer leaders report having improved the way they handle tough times in their own lives.
Principal Josh Liddell, left, Jessica Latimer, center front, and others clean a lawn in Mayville as part of a recent SOS?project.