On November 13, 2013, Melcher-Dallas FCCLA members sponsored our first TWLOHA day. (Like “aloha”, but “tw” first). To Write Love On Her Arms is a national movement to bring mental health issues to light. FCCLA members Suzy Schurman and Megan Sage, sophomores, are the brains behind the event. They researched about mental health, self-injury and suicide. They wanted to do something to address these issues at the teen level and show their support to those in need. Everyone was asked to wear blue, write “love” on their arms, and attend the presentation that day.
FCCLA was able to get in contact with Drake University’s TWLOHA U-Chapter through Facebook. Three members from the Drake U-Chapter volunteered to come speak to the high school students. They did a phenomenal job speaking, opening up about their personal stories, and getting the students involved. The high school, and then middle school later on, all completed Fears VS Dreams posters. What’s your greatest fear? What’s your greatest dream? Is it worth fighting for that dream?
“I think Megan and Suzy have started something great here at Melcher-Dallas, and we are seeing a surge of students this week step up and support those who are struggling. Megan and Suzy have definitely taken the first step to making a difference in the mental health of our school,” Aimee Marasco, Melcher-Dallas FCS Teacher & FCCLA Advisor, said.