MAYVILLE - What started as a pilot program at Chautauqua Lake Central School now has students looking out for each other's physical and mental health.
Now in its second year, the district's Sources of Strength program has participated in a number of events, and achieved marked results in the morale of students and staff at CLCS.
Sources of Strength was originally conceived in the late 1990s by Mark LoMurray in North Dakota. It was intended as a means of providing suicide prevention services in schools, as well as combatting bullying. Now in partnership with the University of Rochester, the program was offered to Chautauqua Lake at the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year.
Student members of Chautauqua Lake Central School’s 2011-12 Sources of Strength program pose in a group photo spelling out the group’s initials.
According to Steve Johnston, student council and administrative adviser, Chautauqua Lake is one of two districts in Chautauqua County participating in the program - Brocton being the other one - and the program has been successful to this point.