GMHS Plans Big Events for National Child Grief Awareness Day

Posted on November 17, 2014, in Activities, Events, Organizations

General McLane High School will be supporting students within our District who are grieving on National Child Grief Awareness Day.

“It was shocking for me to learn how many students we have here at GM who have lost a parent, a grandparent, a sibling and others very close to them,” said Brenda Hertel, a guidance counselor at the high school.  “We are asking for your help to support our grieving students and ensure that this day is a success.”

National Child Grief Awareness Day is November 20, 2014. Children’s Grief Awareness Day was begun by the Highmark Caring Place, which serves grieving children, teens and their families, in 2008 as a way to bring children who have had a loved one die – and their grief – out of the shadows. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is observed every year the third Thursday of November.

According to Hertel, the High School alone has 19 students that have lost a parent, one student has lost both parents, three have lost a sibling and many have lost grandparents. There are also have a few students that have lost friends.

Activities at the high school are a joint effort from multiple clubs student organizations. The combined group of organizations is called the “Caring Team”.

Throughout the day, the Caring Team has set up a series of special events to raise money for the Caring Place. All monetary donations collected that day will be matched by Highmark.

Events include:

–       A special jeans day for teachers ($5 donation)

–       A Blue Out – the more people that wear blue, the better

–       Student Council and NHS Advisory Contest: the advisory that collects the most school supplies wins an ice cream party and the advisory that collects the most money wins an ice cream party. Items looking to be collected are tissues, crayons, markers, glue, paper, stickers, colored pencils and tape.

–       Photo booth – for $1 per person, students, faculty and staff can dress up get their picture taken in the Photo Booth by GM Photography and Graphic Design!

–       Memory Wall – GM Cheerleaders have created a Memory Wall to honor and remember those who have past.

–       Banner of support & hope: Key Club will have a banner for individuals to sign to show support for those grieving.

–       Face painting by Student Council

–       Butterfly Pins —The GM Acceptance Group will be selling butterfly pins

If the High School raises $500 total for the Caring Place, Principals Mr. Mennow, Mr. Cannata and Mrs. Mackowski are dying their hair blue.

If people from the community would like to donate, they can feel free to drop any items off to the high school main office.