Chloe Nelson – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The school board in Manatee County has coordinated with a non-profit organization called the “Sandy Hook Promise”to create a bond between the student body and the school to make students feel more connected.
The organization was founded by parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012. Together the group created a pledge that would help create healthier, safer environments at school and at home.
Since then, the Sandy Hook Promise has collected 3,199,455 promises from people nationwide.
LRHS discipline dean Sarah Wonderling wanted to implement the new system through TV Production, Mustangs Ahead, and Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) classes to allow students to lead the system. “I want students to lead this to get more students to listen and connect with each other and allow them to inform each other as peers,” Wonderling said.
Their mission is to prevent any other parent from suffering a terrible loss by giving kids a stable environment to have good mental health and wellness. Wonderling is hoping students will connect more to the school.
“Each school is different, so we have to find a way to interest each and every student and allow them to feel accepted like anyone else,” she said.