MAYVILLE - Selected secondary school students at Chautauqua Lake Central School recently launched a T-shirt project in which they decorated plain white shirts with their handprints and words representing things that give them strength in challenging times.
Positive friendships, faith, yoga, running and volunteering were among the "sources of strength" identified by individual students. Others named music, movies, friends and family, pets, their teachers or sunny days. In addition to wearing the T-shirts at school, the student leaders invited their classmates to add their ideas to a large poster at the entrance to the secondary school.
After teachers saw the students' "sources of strength," they asked to add their own to the ever-expanding list.
Chautauqua Lake Central School students showing off their sources of strength T-shirts are, from left to right: Kelsie Breads; Jessie Meredith; Mary Schmitz; Ashley Moulton; and Taylor Kesby. Standing from left to right: Sam Snyder; Rick Hogland; Taylor Lane; David Applegarth; Abby Jantzi; Jeremy Lesniowski; Lily Kates; Ryan Mason; Megan Stahlsmith; and Michael Parker.
The project was created by 32 student leaders in the Sources of Strength pilot program, a comprehensive wellness program from University of Rochester that helps students develop multiple sources of support, so that when times get tough they have resources they can rely on. These may include mentors, positive friendships and healthy activities. The program includes anti-bullying and anti-suicide messages.
Advisors at CLCS are Steven Johnston and Katrina Freay.
"Sources of Strength has been a great addition to the educational environment," secondary school principal Josh Liddell said.