Heartwarming Finish to the School Year in Orange County, CA

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

logo for BHIS in Orange CountyThe Phoenix House Behavioral Health Intervention & Support Services (BHIS) team has been busy providing social-emotional lessons to students throughout Orange County. As the school year draws to a close, we have been able to clearly witness some of the changes in the students. Content from the lessons can be heard on the playground and in the classroom: “Is that a positive action?,” “I try to help students that are being picked on,” and “I helped my mom make dinner last night.”

One day at Lincoln Elementary School in Santa Ana Unified School District, Prevention Coordinator Natalie Asawesna was approached by a 2nd grade student she worked with. He waved and, with a really big smile, asked if they were going to meet in the small group again. He told her that he had a lot of fun, and that he missed meeting together. Natalie reminded him that their group had ended but that he could remember the skills they learned together and the activities they finished to keep the positive feelings flowing.

During the 5th grade graduation at California Elementary School in Orange Unified School District, Prevention Coordinator Katie West was mentioned in a 5th grader’s speech when he spoke about the good memories he had from the school year. It is intrinsically rewarding for all of our dedicated staff to hear students’ appreciation.

Collectively, our BHIS team conducted 12 fun-filled assemblies at elementary schools throughout the school districts of La Habra, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, and Orange. We were able to teach the positive action of “treating others the way you like to be treated” to all grade levels. The assemblies ended with a cheer to let the students express their excitement about engaging in positive actions.

The BHIS team is already working to recruit schools for the 2014-2015 school year and is looking forward to reaching more than 10,000 additional students with the Positive Action curriculum.

Fully Funded By: Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) Behavioral Health Services
Prevention & Intervention Mental Health Services ACT/Prop 63

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