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Trusted Adult Wall at ACHS

By Robin Loy

Over the last week at Adair County High School, Sources of Strength peer leaders have been promoting a Trusted Adult Campaign. One goal of Sources of Strength is to promote connections among teens and the trusted adults in their lives.

A trusted adult wall was created at the entrance of the school and students were asked to write the name of their trusted adult and post it on the wall. Students were then given a thank you card to write and hand deliver to their trusted adult to let them know how important they are to the students during both good and bad times.

Students also shared stories about their trusted adults with peer leaders and quickly filled the wall with names. The hope is that anyone who may feel alone will see the wall as a reminder to reach out to their peers who can connect them with a trusted adult.

Students have also been completing thankfulness journals in their English classes during the month of March.


SOS encourages everyone to write down three things that they are thankful for over a 21 day period. Studies have shown that practicing gratitude over an extended period of time can change your brain chemistry and shift your mindset to be more positive overall.

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. SOS focuses on spreading hope, help and strength messages and intentionally avoids focusing on sad, shock, and trauma stories. Peer leaders at the school have organized several campaigns promoting happiness, positivity, caring and kindness throughout the schools and have plans to continue growing the program.

If you would like to know more about Sources of Strength, you can visit sourcesofstrength.org or you may contact Robin Loy at Adair County High School, 270-384-2756.


This story was posted on 2019-03-22 14:26:40
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Trusted Adult Wall



2019-03-22 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Robin Loy.
A trusted adult wall was created at the entrance of Adair County High School and students were asked to write the name of their trusted adult and post it on the wall. Students were then given a thank you card to write and hand deliver to their trusted adult to let them know how important they are to the students during both good and bad times.

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