Groves is hosting our 3rd Annual Charity Week during which we are raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Last year, we were able to raise over $32,000 for Make-A-Wish Michigan, so our goal this year is to raise $35,000-$40,000 for NAMI. NAMI is a charity that hits close to home for many students, which is why the student body ultimately selected it for this year’s charity. Many high school students struggle tremendously with mental illness, but it is something that is often “tabooed” to discuss and frequently gets swept under the rug. Mental illness has a massive stigma attached to it, so the Groves community is putting it on the forefront this year.
There are a plethora of events we will be hosting throughout the week that are open to the community, such as fundraiser dinners, Junior v. Senior boys volleyball, a male beauty pageant, etc. As our charity week comes to a close, we will be hosting a pep rally in our gym on Thursday, February 15th from 1:50-2:50 p.m.
At this pep rally, students will witness staff carrying out certain incentives they have agreed to do as different fundraising levels are passed. For example, teachers are getting pied, slimed, dyeing their hair, and even doing an “Eat It or Wear It” challenge. At the end of this pep rally, we will reveal to the school how much we were able to raise. As much as we try to make this a high-energy, fun pep rally, we also want to educate students about mental illness, and about how the money we raised will impact others.
President, Groves Student Congress
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These ladies have touched my heart and so has the school for being open about mental health. To be honest with you guys I almost cancelled Wednesday because I was having an emotional breakdown. I suffer from sever anxiety which raises my blood pressure and stress level. I wasn't sure if I would be able to make it through the interview. I actually walked into my digital guys office in tears while talking to him and Chelsea from WNIC. The overwhelming feeling was crippling to me but, I'm nurturer and I couldn't let you guys down. I sucked up and when you came in the studio my spirits were lifted. The more of you that walked in the room the more I could breate. I had so much fun with you guys that I didn't want you to actually leave. Thank you!
Many of you have asked me about Shannon from Channel 955 and what she announced this week about faking it. If you didn't hear, Click Here It was brave, powerful, and moving. Many of my close friends told me to check on her and maybe take her to lunch because when listening to her talk about faking it, they automatically thought about me and what I've been going through. I salute you for bring awareness to mental health. So many people take it lightly but, it should never be ignored. ~ Bushman