What We Can Do – Eating Disorders Awareness

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By age 6, the majority of girls start to express concerns about their weight or shape. Between forty and sixty percent of elementary girls are concerned about their weight or becoming too fat. This anxiety carries into their adult lives, and can manifest into an eating disorder (NEDA). What We Know About Eating Disorders The potential cause of eating disorders is complex, and occur for a variety of reasons and conditions. Once started, they can create a self-perpetuating cycle of physical and … [Read more...]

The Need for Restorative Practices in Schools

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Now that you have an idea of the field of Restorative Practices (if you missed last week’s post, before you continue reading, check it out first), we can discuss why it is important for schools to start looking at different disciplinary practices and switch to healthier methodologies to repair relationships. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) conducted a Civil Rights Data Collection to determine whether students of certain racial or ethnic groups were disciplined differently than their peers. … [Read more...]

Defining Restorative Practice and Restorative Justice

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Since 2000, our STARS staff have worked with a more restorative approach to the issue of conflict resolution and discipline by utilizing Restorative Practices.  Last year, the entire STARS staff was trained by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) in Restorative Practices, with seven of our staff members now certified as trainers in Restorative Justice. Recently, Metro Nashville Public Schools, was awarded the Project Prevent Grant by the US Department of Education. … [Read more...]

Growing through Generosity

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Julie Albee (STARS Counselor), along with a few teachers coordinated a fundraiser last month for a former FHS student, Ify Nonyelu. Ify was involved in a accident that left him paralyzed. Here is a Ify's story--- Ify Nonyelu: Growing through Generosity It began with a story we had heard from a local news channel about former Franklin High School student and basketball player Ify Nonyelu. In 2007, as Ify was about to enter his senior year at FHS he had driven his cousin to work one … [Read more...]

Rock Random Acts of Kindness Week – #STARSRAK

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Rock Random Acts of Kindness Week Hey, you rock! Monday, February 9th is the opening day of Random Acts of Kindness season! Established in 1995, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, inspires people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others. They are dedicated to providing resources and tools to encourage acts of kindness worldwide. This week is a great way for you to take a moment and step out of your normal routine (or comfort zone) and task yourself with doing a random act … [Read more...]

National School Counseling Week – Guest Post #2

How are you celebrating National School Counseling Week? We are celebrating by hearing from some of the influential school counselors we partner with through programs like Kids on the Block, MOVE2STAND, Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse, Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and our Student Assistance Program! Here are some words from a school counselor at Woodland Middle School. Woodland Middle School is fortunate to be able to offer the STARS program to its students and to … [Read more...]

National School Counseling Week – Guest Post

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To welcome National School Counseling week, we wanted to start out with a guest blog post from Debora Finch, a elementary school counselor and counseling educator who has worked closely with our Kids on the Block program. You rock, Debora! Kids on the Block means so much to our school counseling program at Lipscomb Elementary School. Not only does this inspiring character education puppetry program know about the national “School Counseling Week”, but they also want to celebrate it. If … [Read more...]

No Name-Calling Week

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No Name-Calling Week: January 19th-23rd of 2015 No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled The Misfits by James Howe. In the book, students organize a “No Name-Calling Day” at their school. This small idea motivated GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to take the idea and make a powerful statement with it. GLSEN, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and over 40 national partner organizations created the No Name-Calling Week Coalition. In 2004, No … [Read more...]

Global Observation for Human Trafficking

January 11, 2015 is the global observation for human trafficking. Thirty million people are trafficked for sex globally each year, three of those thirty million are children and 200,00 of those children are right here in the USA (Oath Coalition). Since December 2007, the National Hotline has reported 18,275 cases of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control the victims for the purpose of … [Read more...]

Stand Up and Start a Movement

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Amanda Aron is a senior from Vermilion High School. In October, our MOVE2STAND program visited her high school and she shared her feelings and experience about the program. Stand Up and Start a Movement by Amanda Aron On Friday, October 3, MOVE2STAND visited Vermilion High School. MOVE2STAND is a program run by Student Taking A Right Stand (STARS), an organization committed to serving “schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, … [Read more...]

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STARS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, creed, color, sex or national origin. No one shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any of STARS programs or activities. STARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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