Word Hurt Week
Posted on 02/22/2018
Words Hurt Week TshirtDear Parents and Guardians, 
At Appleton East High School, one of our top priorities is to provide an atmosphere and a culture where all students can feel accepted and appreciated. However, the reality is that many students do experience bullying or harassment over the course of a typical school year, both across the country, and right here at Appleton East.

As part of Appleton East's ongoing efforts to provide a safe, supportive environment for all, students and staff have been meeting for the past several months to plan our Words Hurt campaign. Following up on last year's event, the committee has planned the following activities for the week of February 26 through March 2. 

Monday, February 26: East Writes 
Students will participate in a writing activity in homeroom at the beginning of Words Hurt Week. The theme will be "More Than Words .... Action ... ". Students will focus on how words and Actions can Hurt AND Heal others. The students' responses will be anonymous and will not be read in class. All postcards will be reviewed by staff before being hung up in the Commons for display during the week. 

Thursday March 1 and Friday, March 2: Auditorium presentations 

Teachers will have the opportunity to bring their class(es) to the auditorium to hear different speakers share information regarding how words and Actions can both hurt and heal. The topics listed below represent the specific areas that the committee felt strongly needed to be addressed.

If there is a presentation you do want your student to view and their class is not attending, please indicate which presentation(s) on the form sent home and have your student turn it into student services.

Please understand that your student will be responsible for all missed work on the day of the presentations. If there is a presentation you do not want your student to attend if their class is attending please indicate which presentation(s) on the form sent home and have your student turn it into student services.

Thursday, March 1 
Hour 1: Homelessness in our city and our School - Mr. Tim Bohrer - Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley.

Hour 2: Hispanic Issues and a Hispanic Dance Troupe - Ms. Nora Lazcano Latino Cultural Support Specialist at Appleton East High School.

FLEX: "Resiliency/Diversity, Mutual Respect and Youth - Ms. Karen Nelson - City of Appleton Diversity Coordinator.

Hour 3: "Meet Your Special Abilities Classmates" Ms. Amy Klitzke and staff presents their students and their special circumstances and unique abilities to the East community. 

Hour 4:"Sources of Strength-Youth Suicide" - Ms. Carlyn Andrew - Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley.

Hour 5: Stress Relief from hurting words through music - Appleton East students will show their musical talents in order to deal with stress. 

Hour 6: "Anxiety and Depression in Youth" - Ms. Anne Jadin - NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Fox Valley. 

Hour 7: "It Gets Better" - The harm of Bullying, overcoming adversity, LGBTQ issues, isolation, hate and Intolerance - Mr. Chad Hershner - Senior Director of Regional Philanthropy at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Hour 8: "Abuse and Toxic Relationships - Ms. Emily Peterson - Harbor House of Wisconsin.

Friday, March 2: 

FLEX: "I want Students to know They Matter" - Give every student hope and empower them to give hope to others - Mr. Terrence Talley, Motivational Speaker.

My mission for every school assembly is to give every student hope and empower them to give hope to others. I believe what happens to a student today will affect your community tomorrow. That's why it's important to not only educate their minds but their hearts as well. My family and

I have committed our lives to making a lasting and positive impact in the lives of students everywhere. It is an honor to partner with you and your school's goal of educating the whole student to make a positive impact tomorrow. Today, students face an uphill battle against bullying, peer pressure, family hurts and life altering choices. If we can help bring students together, give another option, heal some hurts and help realize positive life choices; we would have better students and a positive school atmosphere.

This is where I can help assist you with this school assembly presentation. My hope is that students will know "that you matter and because you matter you can make a difference." With the battle students face, they have to know there's hope. 
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