By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
HHS hosts sessions on bullying
hoi kl donahue3
Motivational speak Mike Donahue speaks to middle and high school students in Hoisington about bullying and social media. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

HOISINGTON — The Hoisington High School Family, Career and Community Leadership Association had an anti-bullying event on Oct.17 at HHS.  
Some of the FCCLA members, who had heard R5 founder and motivational speaker Mike Donahue two years ago requested that the FCCLA bring him back, according to advisor Karla Reisner. Reisner asked her students if they felt there was a bullying problem. The students didn’t really think so, but they had concerns that students didn’t realize what bullying was or is.  Their concern was more about social media than physical.
The FCCLA went into action by planning a day out of it and including the middle school and Otis Bison high school, said Reisner.
Donahue did come and speak to Hoisington Middle School and Otis-Bison Middle School students in the morning, and then the Otis-Bison High School and HHS students in the afternoon.  His message was about how to stand up for yourself and not to let others bother you so much. “You as an individual are very important, no matter what others think,” said Donahue
After his presentation to the high school students, the FCCLA members led the classes around to different breakout sessions.  There was one presented by Dalton Noakes, FCCLA state vice  president of Public Relations. He is also serving on the AT&T Don’t Text and Drive committee. He shared with the students how other teens left their last message while driving, and how it hurt the families and friends.  He covered the importance of not texting and driving.  
Donahue had students do a simulation with their phones and act as if they were texting while walking around the room. If they bumped into someone, they had been in an accident or died due to texting and driving.  He also shared with the students during texting and driving, by taking your eyes off the road for five seconds,  you travel the length of a football field in that time.  
The student body FCCLA Peer Ed team from Southeast of Saline members Jonathan Peuchen and Pallie Koehn  presented a session covering how to make healthy eating choices with the new regulations in the school lunch program. They did a few activities with the students and taught the students how to make healthy choices.
Donahue then also had a breakout session with the classes so that he could discuss with them about stereotypes and all the pressures of social media.
“The  FCCLA  would like to thank PRIDE, the Booster club,  DS&W, and Otis-Bison School for helping offset the costs of the day,” said Reisner.