Four 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 2018-19 district-wide campaign launches September 17, with video screenings and card distribution in every building.
“We want students to know that asking for help is a strength not a weakness. Everyone needs help from time to time,” says Shaw.
Parents, please view the Help Card video with your children and reinforce that it is OK to ask for help and that there is always someone who will listen.
“There is a ‘big’ difference this year,” notes Landgraff. “The cards are postcard-sized, instead of the size of a business card, so the text is larger and the Help Card is less likely to get lost.”
But students who do 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.
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. Jessenia Cursio | [email protected] | 680-1134
School Nurse Mrs. Karen Fitzgibbons, RN | [email protected] | 680-1508