WHAT IS A HOPE SQUAD?
HOPE Squads are the eyes and ears of your school. They are comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students–provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. HOPE4UTAH works with school advisors to train students who have been identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as HOPE Squad members. Through evidence-based training modules, HOPE Squad members are empowered to seek help and save a life.
On February 8th, young adult literature author Chris Crowe came to speak with the 8th graders at Mapleton Junior High about his book Mississippi Trial, 1955. Dr. Crowe is also an English professor at Brigham Young University. He described his experience with writing his book, which is based around the story of 14 year old African American Emmett Till. Till was visiting his uncle in Mississippi during the summer and made the mistake of whistling at and flirting with a white woman at a general store.
It has been an opportunity for me to work with Eric since he first started teaching at Springville Middle School in 1995. I remember when he and his wife had their first child, Taylor and then Brandon who are both on Mission’s now. Then along came Mylie and Kade. Eric loves his family and is so proud of each and every one of them.
Coming up Thursday, February 11 will be our annual Valentines Dance! The HOPE Squad is hosting the dance and we would like to encourange all students to attend. It will be a great night of fun and friends!
Thursday, February 11th
$3 with ID / $4 without ID (new students without ID $3)