Midland High School Students Working to 'Be the Change' at their School 5/1/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
May 1, 2013
Midland – A new program that was brought to local campuses in the wake of tragedy has now its taken on a life of its own encouraging students to be the change they want to see in the world.
A group of Midland High students are encouraging one another to appreciate each other. They say it all starts with a card.
The Be the Change Leadership Team was organized by adults after Challenge Day, but the students on the team have taken initiative working everyday to make a change in their school.
"We don't want to just leave the kids hanging. We want to have Challenge Day with us at midland high all the time," Daniel Lockhart, president of the Be the Change Leadership Team said.
"If we don't have people like us that are willing to take the steps and actually work to make things better... Then who's going to do it?" Bailey McElreath, secretary of the Be the Change Leadership Team said.
Today the team hosted a lunch for students. The theme: appreciation.
"We want them to appreciate the people around them. Maybe not the people they would normally reach out to or notice," McElreath said.
"It's sometimes hard to just walk up to somebody and really tell them how you feel about them," Lockhart said.
These students know all too well what it feels like to lose a friend. Today they used a card to write how they feel for people in their lives. Hoping it'll make a change for good.
"We have lost a lot of students recently to suicide. You don't know how long someone is going to be in your life and you don't know when they're going to be taken from you," McElreath said.
"These cards are a bridge we can use to write down our thoughts and what we've been really wanting to say," Lockhart said.
Starting with these cards, they hope to make a change in their school, one student at a time.