HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) competitors from Elkin High School are raising community awareness for parental death during a juvenile’s life. The students that are involved in this event are Reagan Parks, Brooke Collins and Cassady Purvis. They have found five percent of the Elkin High School population has had a parent die during their life.
Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy, regardless of how old a person is when that loss occurs. For children who lose a parent, however, the effects can be devastating. A plan will need to be put in place so they can learn to accept this part of the life cycle and move on in a healthy and balanced manner.
The students competing in the competition realize that this is an issue that the community should be made aware of. To help raise awareness they have: placed encouraging posters around the school, created a social media page, presented information to health classes, gave a school-wide survey, and handed out suckers at sporting events with a message about awareness. They also hosted a hat day on Friday (wear a hat, bring a dollar), the money will be donated to Ebenezer Children’s Home.