DO­ING IT FOR DOLLY

High school stu­dents in blue to sup­port Dolly’s Dream

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

THE Charleville State High School turned a shade of blue on Tues­day to raise aware­ness of men­tal health and bul­ly­ing for the Dolly’s Dream Foun­da­tion and Kind­ness Day.

Stu­dent Coun­cil pres­i­dent Brea Frousheger said the day was to en­cour­age peo­ple to be kind and to raise money for the foun­da­tion.

“We want peo­ple to be aware that ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent, to be kind about it and ac­cept ev­ery­one for their unique­ness and un­der­stand ev­ery­one comes from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, so there is no need to be mean, just be kind and be happy,” Miss Frousheger said.

Se­nior stu­dent Makayla Smith said, “We also hope this day will help im­prove co­op­er­a­tion and re­la­tion­ships in the school and high­light that there is no rea­son to be mean.”

Not only do the stu­dent coun­cil team want to en­cour­age oth­ers to be kind, but also raise aware­ness of men­tal health and sui­cide in youth, em­pha­sis­ing the role so­cial me­dia and tech­nol­ogy play in bul­ly­ing today.

“It is al­ways hap­pen­ing and there isn’t re­ally a week or a month that goes by and you don’t hear about a young per­son com­mit­ting sui­cide or do­ing some­thing harm­ful to them­selves and it’s so sad,” Miss Frousheger said.

“Why should we live in a world like this and why can’t we just ac­cept peo­ple for who they are and that is why it needs to change.”

The day in­cluded stu­dents be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to wear blue for a cold coin do­na­tion and in­dulge in blue cup­cakes baked by Leith Bren­nan and a bar­be­cue.

Charleville State High School youth sup­port co-or­di­na­tor Jenny Pea­cock said it was im­por­tant to bring these is­sues to light with­out us­ing the word bully.

“We are aim­ing to bring out more kind­ness and the school wants to en­cour­age kind­ness rather than bul­ly­ing,” she said.

“The purpose is to be kind, be con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers, rather than fo­cus­ing on the word bul­ly­ing.”

An­other rea­son the se­nior stu­dents or­gan­ised the event was be­cause they hold a schol­ar­ship with the Univer­sity of Queens­land and have to do some­thing in their com­mu­nity that makes a dif­fer­ence.

“This is our way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, whether it is out­side the school com­mu­nity or in­side, it has to have a pos­i­tive im­pact,” Miss Frousheger said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BE KIND: Makayla Smith, Sophia Car­i­cato and Brea Frousheger wear­ing blue for Dolly's Dream and to raise aware­ness of Kind­ness Day.

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