Shaw holds “Raider Awareness Week”

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Raider Nation at Shaw High School is spending the week raising awareness of violence and mental health issues to help them heal from a year of loss.

Today focused on violence awareness in memory of former student Caleb Short. Caleb was one of three people murdered at the home in Upatoi back in January. Students can buy stickers in exchange for special privileges, like wearing sweatpants to school. All proceeds will go to Hope Harbour, a domestic violence shelter. Students from the school’s Chick-fil-A Leader Academy spearheaded the effort.

“We had a lot of tragedy and a lot of Raiders have fallen to violence and suicide when it come to the community around us and we thought it would be a great way to help people remember the lives we lost and move on from them.” Said Sierra Jackson with the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.

Wednesday, April 13 is Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, in memory of former student Lauren Ford who took her own life earlier this year. All proceeds will go to New Horizons Behavioral Health. There will also be several activities on Thursday and Friday to raise awareness about different types of violence and mental health disorders.

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