DOING IT FOR DOLLY
High school students in blue to support Dolly’s Dream
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.
BE KIND: Makayla Smith, Sophia Caricato and Brea Frousheger wearing blue for Dolly's Dream and to raise awareness of Kindness Day.