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LAHS Natural Helpers Targets Student Well-being

on September 29, 2017 - 8:00am

Natural Helpers posted hearts displaying every students' name. Students were told to find their hearts Monday morning and by the end of the week, if someone had shown kindness toward them, to give them their heart. Photo by Serenity Maestas/ladailypost.com

By SERENITY MAESTAS
Los Alamos Daily Post
Student Intern

Los Alamos High School has various clubs that deal with academics, sports, foreign language and school spirit, but only one club focuses on the well-being of the students at LAHS, and that club is known as Natural Helpers.

Natural Helpers was formed several years ago by a few seniors who would meet in AP Psychology and New Mexico History Teacher Lynn Ovaska’s room, to vent about their personal issues or any other problems they were noticing around school. More and more students began showing up when Ovaska decided to create a club in which students who were voted by their peers as most trustworthy, would meet to discuss high school students’ issues and brainstorm ideas as to how they could fix them.

The Helpers recently had a Kindness Crusade in honor of the National Random Acts of Kindness Week by posting hearts written with every students’ name on them in the main lobby. Students were told to find their hearts Monday morning and by the end of the week, if someone had shown kindness toward them, to give them their heart. Those who received hearts would take them to a table in the front office and receive a prize, such as a stress ball or candy, for their act of kindness.

One of Natural Helpers’ officers, Priyanka Velappan, shared her experience with the club during her past four years of high school.

 “Natural Helpers is a group of students elected by their own peers who try to help other students with any sort of problem,” she said. “Additionally, they attempt to build a closer school community through various activities throughout the year like the Kindness Crusade last week. Natural Helpers has had one of the most positive impacts on my life. It helped me understand how to effectively help my peers if they have any problems.

“Not only that, but it showed me how a small group of students can make a large impact on our entire school. Because of this club, I try to continue helping communities, in and out of school, and I hope to do something similar in the future.”

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