ROAR’s first in-school event of the year is set for Thursday

Last year’s social worker Jeff Anderson spoke to ROAR participants as part of their guest speaker presentation.

Photo by Jen Culbertson

Last year’s social worker Jeff Anderson spoke to ROAR participants as part of their guest speaker presentation.

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Reporter

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Over 200 participants are expected to attend ROAR’s first in-school field trip of the year on Thursday.

“ROAR is a unique opportunity to our school that allows students from all different areas to come together and realizes that we are not alone in our struggles, we are really in this thing called: life together,” ROAR sponsor Jen Culbertson said.

Four ROAR events are held each year, first for mentors in training, then November, February, and April.

“I’m extremely excited that the first ROAR is coming up. I think that it’s going to be a great year and our leaders are really going to step up and mentor the way the program is intended,” Culbertson said.

Not all teachers can participate because of scheduling but are welcome to come during a free period.

“I would really like more teachers to get involved whether it is coming in during their planning period or their lunchtime to see how amazing our kids are. Not only the participants but the mentors as well,” Culbertson said.

ROAR began in 2015 as an idea from Oswego High School’s program: Teens activating the Language of Kindness (T.A.L.K)

The program has set goals to accomplish this year.

“One of our biggest goals this year is to help students get the resources they need, whether it be you know, job training or counselor work or social work, everyone deserves the chance of happiness,” Culbertson said.

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