Safe2Say Something

Recently, the high school hosted a Club Fair during the BANK period of the school day. Each club gathered in the commons of the high school with a table and a display of what their club is all about. The club fair is specifically geared toward freshmen to help familiarize them with the school’s club offerings and get them involved early in their high school career.

During the BANK period at the high school, students are encouraged to participate in clubs and activities in order to socialize, learn new skills or hobbies, and volunteer in the school and community. Some of the clubs at the fair include the Yearbook Club, Drama Club, Student Government Association, Art Club, Aquarium Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Red Cross Club and Key Club. A few clubs even passed out goodies such as t-shirts, candy and sunglasses to spread even more awareness about their clubs to the freshmen.

Freshman attending the fair were each given a card to have signed by the clubs they visited as an incentive to find out about what clubs the high school offers. Those cards were then put into a drawing where names were pulled to win gift cards.

“There were a lot of people there, and everyone was so nice when telling me about their club,” said freshman Cameron Sims.

In the same week, the entire student body attended an assembly where principal Dr. Pardoe introduced the statewide Safe2Say Something initiative. With this initiative, students can anonymously share “tips” about disconcerting behavior they witness. Students were encouraged to contact the hotline if they were worried about a peer’s health or well-being, if they witnessed or became aware of suspicious behaviors or people around the school, or any other time they thought someone might be in danger or in need of help.

The students were shown how to download the app, visit the Safe2Say Something website, or call the phone number to share a tip. Dr. Pardoe explained that the hotline is always open, and upon calling, students will talk with an operator who may ask some follow-up questions about the situation. Each report will also be immediately sent to school personnel and the school’s resource officer Mr. Miller.

A letter also was sent home to families explaining the new system and how it can be used to help keep their children safe.

“It’s an effective way to get the idea of helping someone across to teens because we are more in tune with technology nowadays,” said Nevaeh Williams.