One Positive Adult Can Make A Difference
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.
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