[Jamestown, NY] – Jefferson Middle School fifth graders in Gina Hess’ classroom are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month this May by raising money for the Mental Health Association at The Gateway Center. This is the second year for the activity.
“We are trying to raise money for invisible illnesses,” said Jefferson Middle School fifth grader Kaylee Keppel. “We are trying to help those people who need our help and we just want them to get better. It’s important to do something like this because you are trying to help people get better.”
Students are selling slime and squishies to raise money. In addition, students are encouraging Jefferson staff and students to wear green on Fridays and will hold a Walk-a-Thon at Strider Field at the end of the month. Students also created posters promoting Mental Health Awareness, as well as, provided wellness tips during the morning announcements.
“I think an activity like this builds a lot of compassion within ourselves. It makes us more aware of surrounding behaviors and the reason for those behaviors. It encourages us not to judge before you really know the whole story,” said Mrs. Hess.
Students will be heading through local neighborhoods asking for pledges for the Walk-a-Thon. If you would like to donate directly, please contact Gina Hess at Jefferson Middle School at 483-4411.