Greenway kids spruced up communities during Day of Caring

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Greenway is making sure their students feel supported. And it included the Day of Caring.

Students went out across seven communities doing yard work, landscaping, window cleaning and other chores for the elderly and many businesses. They told us it was rewarding to help out.

“Our community is our backbone. They buy our jerseys, and support our fundraisers. It’s our day to give back to those who support us all year round,” explained Kelly Fillman, the school social worker.

Then they all formed the numbers 988 on the football field, to promote the new National Suicide Hotline. An aerial drone shot captured the moment.

“We really want to have our students think about what is in the toolbox that they can use to take care of their mental health,” shared Melissa Sutherland, the high school counselor.

Monday, they had a survivor of a suicide attempt speak about her journey. Emma Benoit was 16 at the time, and is now 22. “We’ve heard from kids that this is the best message we’ve ever heard, about hope,” said principal Jeff Britten.

On Friday, May 12th, they had a ‘Toward Zero Deaths’ presentation with Lexi Carroll and her mother. Lexi was hit by an impaired driver, and speaks about the importance of making good decisions on the road.