JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Taking a stand for something you believe in takes guts, and these students have what it takes! Kelly Kaiser’s 7th grade class at Jackson Hole Middle School were asked to tackle a problem in the world today and speak out for their “Combat the Silence” project.
One component of the project asked students to put themselves out there and to take a risk in order to go out into the community and raise awareness for their problem of choice. This was called their “Guts Factor” and these are some of the highlights:
Kai Gessler truly took a risk and spent endless hours preparing for a fundraiser that could truly make a difference. She fearlessly took up the fight to put an end to the harsh discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth endure. She sold stickers and pins advocating for LGBT+ rights and handed out brochures and baked rainbow cookies to raise awareness about the troubles LGBT+ people face everyday.
Kai sat outside of the Whole Grocer for four hours while educating people about the LGBT+ community and causes of suicide and how it affects us all. She has collected $728.50 dollars in her effort to support The Trevor Project, but there is still more coming in as she raises awareness.
In addition, Finley chose to go the extra mile and spend a day filling five large trash bags with trash along the rode. Then she spent some time sharing and teaching a 6th grade class how they could make a difference and get involved in preventing plastic pollution.
It took guts to share such a personal story, but it was well worth it.
Joseph DiMarco, CR Massie, and Nick Korpi.
It took guts and determination for these young men to stand and occasionally sit on a cooler for 2 hours in the rainy 26 degree weather, selling lemonade to raise money to donate to the Never Again Movement.
Nick, CR, and Joseph raised and donated $95 to their cause and learned compassion for victims and those impacted by senseless shootings.
She used her communication skills to sell all of the candy to her school mates. She raised $140, she is donating all the money to Girls Not Brides, who are working to stop the global issue of forced marriages.
The money she donates will specifically help teenage mothers in Africa.
They talked to people outside of the visitor center and got a few sponsors and made a total of $66 dollars to donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. They learned that this was only a portion of the struggle that veterans go through on a daily basis.
They said, “If you want to help, donate to the Wounded Warrior project and they will use this money to help veterans in need.”