SAVE Promise Clubs help prevent school violence

SAVE Promise Clubs

BRANDON, MS (WLBT) - They are trained to be the eyes and ears of the schools and to get involved if they see something wrong going on in their schools.

SAVE Promise clubs from across the state held a workshop in Brandon on preventing school violence.

Teachers, students and advisors presented the projects they’ve implemented in their schools to keep students safe from violence and create an environment of trust.

This is the first year Brandon Middle School participates in the SAVE Promise Club. Source: WLBT
This is the first year Brandon Middle School participates in the SAVE Promise Club. Source: WLBT

Promise Clubs from across the state met in Rankin County for their bi-annual workshop.

It was led by Carleen Wray, the SAVE Promise Club Manager also with Sandy Hook Promise.

“One of our programs is Say Something and it talks about how youth are the eyes and ears of our schools and that if they see warning signs of someone whose at risk of harming themselves or others to tell a trusted adult,” said Wray.

Rebecca Russell is the SAVE Advisor at Brandon High School.

“I actually graduated from Pearl High School in ’97 when there was a school shooting,” said Russell. “It’s one of the reasons I’m a teacher. So I feel really strongly about making sure that kids are ok. They have have someone to talk to."

Promise Club members showcased the different programs and work they’re doing inside their schools to reach out to help students.

SAVE Promise Clubs present videos of projects. Velma Jackson High School shared what they did at their schools to reach out to students and prevent school violence. Source: WLBT
SAVE Promise Clubs present videos of projects. Velma Jackson High School shared what they did at their schools to reach out to students and prevent school violence. Source: WLBT

“We have 12 trusted adults at our schools where students can go and talk to them about anything,” said 10th grader Cardeysha Ward who’s in the SAVE Promise Club at Forest Hill High School. “If they’re feeling suicidal or they feel they need help, or they feel they’re in a dark hole. We have students that can help also”.

Marcela Escamilla is in seventh grade at Olde Towne Middle School.

"We all encourage each other to be kind to one another because you never know what other people are going through at home, in relationships with their boyfriends, girlfriends, etc," said Escamilla.

SAVE Promise Clubs meet monthly in their schools and twice a year statewide.

They are gearing up for Violence Prevention Week which is April 8th through 12th.

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