Stories from the Midland Area Community Foundation

Midland’s Violence Prevention Partnership Works with Students to Raise Awareness

March 26th, 2018

In a week that included a tragic local gun death and a nationwide student walk-out from high schools in response to the horrific shooting at a Florida school, Midland’s Violence Prevention Partnership, facilitated by the Midland Area Community Foundation, oversaw several efforts to bring awareness to issues such as bullying and violence to local students.

“The Week of Nonviolence is something we’ve done for several years, with great support from Midland area schools,” says Jackie Warner, member of the Violence Prevention Partnership. “Our students are very impassioned by these issues, especially lately with the conversation going on at a national level.”

Dow High School students with t-shirts created for the Week of Nonviolence

Students from area middle schools organized events to get their peers thinking about how they can be more mindful of their behavior toward one another. Northeast Middle School students created an enormous banner made of sticky notes with a simple message: BE KIND. They also hosted activities focusing on anxiety and stress. Jefferson Middle School students chose to sign an anti-violence pledge and raised awareness by wearing “wacky socks”. Meridian Jr. High students made an effort to switch who they sit with at lunch in order to develop better relationships with their peers.

At the high school level, students from Dow High handed sticky note compliments to each other or posted them on lockers. Meridian students created a paper chain with statements about what makes a good friend written inside. Bullock Creek students held similar events.

A mural seen at Northeast Middle School