HOPE Week a Big Success at Dottke Project-Based Learning High School

HOPE Week a Big Success at Dottke Project-Based Learning High School
Posted on 03/29/2021
This is the image for the news article titled HOPE Week a Big Success at  Dottke Project-Based Learning High SchoolHOPE Squad is entering its second year in the district and at Dottke Project-Based High School. HOPE squad is a peer-to-peer suicide intervention program where nominated students are trained on how to recognize signs of depression and suicidal ideation in others in order to refer students to adults for help.

HOPE Week took place on March 22-26 and included multiple events at Dottke. “In addition to being an invaluable resource for students, advisors Kellen Lynch and MaryPat O’Hara have worked to weave the school’s project-based initiative into the group’s activities,” said Principal Greg Goelz.

Currently, HOPE Squad student members Deontay and Dayzia are developing a podcast about spreading positivity and hope with a local expert. This project has also led Deontay to explore options for sound-proofing rooms to record in. The podcast idea has also led to other students, both in HOPE Squad and in the building, to offer to be guests and do other work on the show.

HOPE Squad members have been working to create positivity and positive replacement behavior posters to hang up throughout the school to contribute to Dottke’s culture.

Inspired by the district’s Shark Tank approach to project funding, Dottke’s HOPE Squad is offering to help fund student projects. Currently, HOPE Squad is sponsoring a project created by students in a Health seminar stressing the importance of mental health and wellness.

In addition to utilizing students in-building, HOPE Squad has looked to the extended Dottke family for resources. Principal Mr. Goelz’s daughter got in on the fun by creating an instructional video on bracelet weaving that students can use to create positivity bracelets.  Then bracelets were created by the staff’s own children and handed out during HOPE Week. It was a great success!