School Board Members Learn about the Effects of Childhood Trauma
On October 18th Newaygo County school board members and administrators came together for conversation, dinner and learning for their bi-annual Newaygo County Area School Board meeting. The Hesperia High School Jazz Band entertained the audience as they showcased their talent, while the Hesperia Food Service staff provided a delicious dinner.
Wendi Selmon, Director of Youth and Family Services from Newaygo County Mental Health, and Kaleigh Buris, Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency Coordinator of Health & Prevention Services, gave an informative presentation on the effects of childhood trauma and how it impacts students in the classroom. This information is part of a community-wide outreach to raise awareness about trauma in students and build resiliency. “Research has shown that one positive adult relationship in a student’s life can help him or her respond to and overcome the trauma experienced, and prevent poor health outcomes in adulthood,” said Kaleigh Buris.