TIC (December, 2016) – “As the holiday season approaches, many of us begin to look forward to spending time with family and friends, and to sharing in the joys of the season. However, for people who have been exposed to a traumatic event, the holiday season may bring up negative feelings. Especially at this time of year, thinking about loved ones who have died can be painful – particularly for those who have recently lost someone” (National Child Traumatic Stress Network). Many of our students live with one parent, a grandparent or even a great great grandparent, aunt/uncle, guardian, or they may be in foster care.

The poem, Strangers in a Strange Land, was written by a Findlay City School employee. The message is a powerful reminder of what life can feel like to a student facing traumatic experiences.

Education World has a lesson plan for a “gallery walk activity” to help middle and high school students address stress. Link – Gallery Walk Activity

Our students are blessed to have caring educators who provide extra support during the holiday season. Thank you for all you do to create a safe and loving environment for our staff and students to teach and learn.