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  • Olathe High School
  • Olathe, CO
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Anxiety and worry. Depression and sadness. Low self-esteem. Apathy. Hurt. Confusion. Fear. Hopelessness. These feeling are running rampant in the youth across the world right now. Teenagers are coping poorly to the world around them, and how can we blame them when they have so many examples of how NOT to cope? My juniors are somehow supposed to be ready to face all of life's challenges as healthily-functioning adults in less than two years. As I spent time getting to know my students last semester, I realized I wanted, no, NEEDED, to build Mental Wellness Days into my weekly lessons this semester. I feel a moral obligation to prepare them, to arm them, with coping mechanisms and techniques they can take with them when they graduate. I have my own copy of my requested book, "Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens," and have been using photocopies here and there to teach, but how much more impactful would it be if I could give each of these students their OWN copy? More than half of my students are from low-income households, so they cannot afford the book themselves. My district cannot spend the money as I am wanting these books to be gifts my students take with them when the school year is over; they would not be copies I could reuse next year. I know this is a HUGE ask, but I would love to be able to provide a real book for each of my 65 students this semester.

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Anxiety and worry. Depression and sadness. Low self-esteem. Apathy. Hurt. Confusion. Fear. Hopelessness. These feeling are running rampant in the youth across the world right now. Teenagers are coping poorly to the world around them, and how can we blame them when they have so many examples of how NOT to cope? My juniors are somehow supposed to be ready to face all of life's challenges as healthily-functioning adults in less than two years. As I spent time getting to know my students last semester, I realized I wanted, no, NEEDED, to build Mental Wellness Days into my weekly lessons this semester. I feel a moral obligation to prepare them, to arm them, with coping mechanisms and techniques they can take with them when they graduate. I have my own copy of my requested book, "Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens," and have been using photocopies here and there to teach, but how much more impactful would it be if I could give each of these students their OWN copy? More than half of my students are from low-income households, so they cannot afford the book themselves. My district cannot spend the money as I am wanting these books to be gifts my students take with them when the school year is over; they would not be copies I could reuse next year. I know this is a HUGE ask, but I would love to be able to provide a real book for each of my 65 students this semester.

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