Five years ago, South Orangetown Middle School health education teacher Vickie Shaw and Library Media Specialist Kimberlee Landgraff developed the “Help Card,” a tool for students to decrease the stigma of asking for help. Customized Help Cards and informational videos are created for each of the district’s four schools to encourage students to ask for help. The 2019-20 district-wide campaign launches today, October 7, with video screenings and card distribution in every building.
Parents are encouraged to view the Help Card video with their children and to reinforce that it is OK to ask for help and that there is always someone who will listen. Students who lose their Help Cards can pick up a new card in their school main office or, for middle and high school students, in the counseling office.
Video links and school contacts are posted under “Student Resources” section of the For Students page on each school website.
Help card video: https://video214.com/play/47mgjqKjeB1zNOy6Jgnkog/s/dark
Principal Mrs. Karen Ramirez | [email protected] | 680-1503
Assistant Principal Mr. Rob Schliessman | [email protected] | 680-1518
School Psychologist Mr. Sean Jones | [email protected] | 680-1545
School Psychologist Ms. Linda King | [email protected] | 680-1554
School Social Worker Ms. Jessica Inglis | [email protected] | 680-1598
School Counselor Ms. Stephanie Mueller | [email protected] | 680-1598
School Nurse Mrs. Karen Fitzgibbons, RN | [email protected] | 680-1508