Representatives of the Aevidum organization visited Penn Manor middle schools Monday to generate support for the student club, which seeks to raise awareness about depression and suicide and create a culture where students feel supported by their peers and teachers.
Special guest Stephanie Grace, a country singer/songwriter who has opened in concert for Taylor Swift, sang for the students at Manor and Marticville middle schools and expressed her support for Aevidum. She talked about overcoming her fears about singing in public and urged students to transcend their fears and let their talents blossom.
Members of the Penn Manor High School Aevidum Club spoke to the audience about the positive effects of the club, which was established last fall. “Middle school doesn’t define you, but it’s a good place to start to define yourself,” one student said. The organization’s founder, Joe Vulopas, explained how Aevidum was started following a student suicide at Cocalico High School in 2004 and now has a nationwide reach. He urged students to pool their interests, creativity and talents to support each other through Aevidum.
“Let’s make this culture one where we care for each other and truly have each other’s backs,” he said.
Both Manor and Marticville middle schools are planning to establish Aevidum Clubs for the 2014-15 school year.