June 06, 2020

Spruce Run in school

After reading about Spruce Run (BDN, Jan. 26-27), I feel compelled to write and reinforce the importance of educating the public, especially young people, about domestic abuse.

As a teacher at Hermon High School, I am proud to say that Spruce Run is part of the curriculum. Amanda Cost and Joy Walters conduct an important presentation to my students, making sure that teens recognize the signs of power and control and help them understand what an abusive relationship looks like. They also work with our students during Teen Dating and Violence Week, Feb. 4-7, hoping to help young people look at their relationships to determine whether they are healthy or not. They reinforce what a healthy relationship should look like, which can only assist young people as they navigate through their lives.

Thanks, Spruce Run, for all you do; I for one am very grateful.

Shelley Gavett


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