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SAVE Club Honored at Annual Luncheon

The CHS SAVE Club was honored at the annual SAVE luncheon October 6, 2011. Pictured left to right are SAVE Club Adviser Mrs. Leah Ross, juniors Omar Halawani, Erika Miller, Tyler Spelane, Taylor Glover, Danielle Pasciuto, Kylie Hawk, and freshman Katelynn Long.

The CHS SAVE Club is in the news again! The CHS SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Club and Adviser Mrs. Leah Ross received an award October 6, 2011, at the annual SAVE luncheon for their work in areas related to domestic violence and child abuse prevention and intervention efforts. Members of law enforcement, legal/judicial, medical, and educational personnel, as well students, volunteers, and survivors impacted by violence in Union County are honored each year at this luncheon.

Freshman Katelynn Long was honored with a Survivor's Award. In her nomination, Mrs. Ross said, “Katie inspires her classmates and peers with her positive outlook, her care for others, and her healing spirit. Katie has endured a tragedy no one should ever face and yet sees the world with the eyes of goodness and shares her story openly to help others overcome their own struggles. I am humbled by her spirit and ability to heal!"

2011 marked the third annual ceremony and the third year the CHS SAVE Club has been nominated and/or received awards. SAVE president, junior Jessica Weber, was honored last year for her work as an individual within the areas of prevention and intervention. She was chosen as the SAVE National Student of the Year and chosen to serve on the Youth Advisory Board for SAVE National. Club Adviser Mrs. CHS Leah Ross was nominated for her work with students at the first event in 2009.

The SAVE Club (Students Against Violence Everywhere) started at CHS in the fall of 2010. The club sponsored school events to raise awareness of violence issues, hosted a SAVE Week, held a “Light the Night Against Domestic Violence” event at Wingate University, and sold t-shirts in honor of International Peace Day to raise money for the Treehouse. They also hosted a charity soccer game at CHS with proceeds again going to local charities dealing with domestic violence and child maltreatment. They are developing an anti-bullying presentation to be performed at Union County elementary and middle schools and are volunteering with Nicole Blevins’ new program to help families learn to better handle difficulties. For more information on the SAVE Club and its efforts, visit http://www.nationalsave.org/.

Written by: Leah Ross and Paula White
Posted: Oct 08, 2011 by Paula White

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