At Naperville North High School, Jacquelyn Fabian’s World Cultures class’s assignment was to design an advocacy project. After students submitted proposals for projects, one stood out: a 5k dedicated to mental health awareness.
After a month of planning and prepping, including calling vendors, setting up donations, securing school facilities, and selling/designing tshirts and wristbands, students expected to raise around $700. Not to mention, they figured the only participants for the run would be their classmates. However, due to their hard work and dedication, the event far exceeded their expectations.
The class welcomed over 150 participants and raised an astounding $3,000 in donations, which was split between NAMI of Dupage and Mental Health America of Illinois. Since the NNHS student government donated to cover cost of the tshirts, all proceeds raised went to these organizations of their choice.
Students were so overwhelmed by their successes and the support from community members, they have already begun preparing for next year’s run, which will again be held in May, in support of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Way to go, Naperville North High School!
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