Conant's RESPECT Week

During the week of February 12-16, Conant High School participated in Granite State RESPECT Week. RESPECT week is a statewide initiative by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The educational campaign raises awareness about teen dating violence, sexual harassment and abuse.

High school guidance counselor, Amanda Shaw and four student advocates, Anna Wentworth, S.J. Barney, Riley Buckjune, and Emily Chen coordinated RESPECT week activities. Shaw discussed the focus of the week was to “educate our students and staff  and to create a healthier environment.” The first event scheduled raised awareness.

Tuesday’s round-table discussion panel featured advocates from the MVCP Crisis and Prevention Center, Franklin Pierce University and school counselors from Wediko Children's Services. Students submitted anonymous questions to the panel. Issues addressed during the discussion included dating violence, respect, harassment, and bullying.

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Valentine activities were used to prompt students and staff to take action. They posted hearts with positive messages. People posted respectful comments, compliments, quotes, or "Love is..." statements. Over 120 hearts were posted.

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RESPECT week ended with a commitment pledge. Students and staff signed a pledge banner to stand up against dating violence and create a safe and respectful environment in our school. Students wore orange in solidarity with this pledge.

Kimberly Sychterz