All throughout November, Edison High School (EHS) chose to dedicate the entire month to emphasize the importance of caring. Students, parents and staff members were encouraged to participate in C.A.R.E. Month, or the Campaign for Acceptance, Respect and Empathy. The Chargers designated a special theme to each week including Social Media Awareness, Special Abilities Awareness, and Acceptance.
On Nov. 5, the school held a powerful assembly for all students – #Icanhelp. Kim Karr, the keynote speaker and co-founder of the organization, explained to EHS students the importance of knowing how to use social media in a positive and safe way. Parents also met with Kim that evening to learn more about how their children are using social media.
During Special Abilities Awareness week, the goal was for students to “Walk a day in my shoes.” For an entire school day, twenty students and one teacher took on a form of physical disability. At the end of the day, the participants were interviewed about their experiences for the video was shown to the entire school. It was extremely powerful. The school’s American Sign Language club had an activity at lunch where they taught students to order a free hamburger using sign language. Also that week, twenty students participated in the annual “Walk a Day in My Shoes” conference at California State University, Fullerton.
The final theme for C.A.R.E. month was to be “kind to one another.” Every Charger student viewed a video called “To this Day” in their English class. Students then expressed how the video affected them through writings, poems, and artwork. Additionally, the school had three “Walls of Kindness” posted around campus where hundreds of students wrote kind messages on post-it notes. Students were encouraged to take down a note and share it with someone.
C.A.R.E. month concluded on its last day with the school’s SAC (Special Abilities Cluster) students stuffing lockers with positive messages written by staff members to the students.
The Huntington Beach Union High School District is very proud of Edison High School for bringing awareness to “C.A.R.E.-ing” and an overall positive, accepting environment on campus.