The Project AWARE Student Advisory Group at Washington Irving Middle School in Harrison County met on November 8th to discuss how they might help people in their community. Their faculty advisor, Mrs. Lori Knight, facilitated the discussion using the Socratic Method.
The students brainstormed ideas that included helping their local Veterans, visiting residents in a local nursing home, toy drives, and food drives. They recognized the many challenges faced by their community members and were especially aware of the fact that transportation presents an enormous barrier to some.
State leadership team members Amy Knicely from the Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery, David Lee from the WV Department of Education, and Crystal Criswell from the Marshall University School Health Technical Assistance Center (MUSHTAC) in the Division of Community Health, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine attended the meeting alongside Tyler Terango, Harrison County Project AWARE Coordinator. The students invited these leaders to share their thoughts about the project, which was quite enjoyable.
The Student Advisory will continue working to take action in their community and to provide student representation with Project AWARE initiatives.