First-ever M-W CARES Day to take place on Oct. 26

on October 25, 2018

On Friday, October 26, M-W High School students and staff will experience a school day like none other as they participate in the district’s first-ever M-W CARES (Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empowerment, Success) Day. More than 100 presenters will be sharing inspirational stories of overcoming personal challenges to achieve a healthy, fulfilling life. Subjects will range from depression, overcoming physical disabilities, suicide, drug addition/substance abuse, forgiveness and more. Survivors of major calamities in our nation’s history, including the Holocaust, 9/11/01; and the Virginia Tech shooting will be sharing their journeys of putting the pieces of their lives back together after tragedy.

All students will attend four sessions of their choice and hear one keynote speaker and an assembly speaker. The keynote speaker for Grades 9 & 10 will be former WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero. Mero’s compelling message evokes personal reflection, laughter and tears – and most importantly personal transformation – as he presents the topics of bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and suicide prevention. The keynote speaker for Grades 11 & 12 will be Tara Conner, a former Miss USA, who tells her personal story and her strive for perfectionism. She shares details of her journey to break down the walls that she built as a child, and how to simply accept herself as being perfectly imperfect. All students will attend an assembly featuring Kaila Mullady, a world champion beatboxer, actress, producer, educator and social entrepreneur. Kaila will present Finding Your Voice: Musings From a World Champion Beatboxer.

Individuals will be addressing topics important to today’s youth including:

  • Depression
  • Drug Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Overcoming physical disabilities
  • Suicide
  • Family violence
  • LGBTQ awareness and support
  • Overcoming learning disabilities
  • Forgiveness
  • Survivors – Holocaust; 9/11/01; Israel/suicide bomb; Oklahoma city bombing; Boston Marathon bombing; WWII Concentration Camp liberator; Virginia Tech shooting
  • Anti-bullying/sexting
  • Empowerment/perseverance
  • Dating violence
  • Parents of Sandy Hook Elementary victim
  • Civic Engagement
  • Drunk Driving
  • Living with AIDS

For a complete list of speakers and brief bios, please visit the M-W CARES page on the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District website.

“Today’s high school students deal with many pressures in school and outside our buildings. As a district, we want to arm them with information and resources that will help them cope and be successful, healthy individuals who in turn make a difference in our community. Talking about these types of tough topics at school will then lend itself to conversations at home. M-W CARES Day aligns perfectly with our goal to focus on the social/emotional wellness of everyone who is part of our school community,” said M-W Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez.

“As educators, we spend a lot of time talking to our students about the challenges they will face in life. Many of them are grappling with difficult teenage issues. The inspiration behind M-W CARES is the desire to help our children better understand that there is always help and support available, even when they feel all hope is lost. These powerful speakers will hopefully change the way they approach life moving forward,” said Monroe-Woodbury High School Principal John S. Kaste.

The M-W CARES Committee, which consists of administrators, teachers, parents, students and community members, worked together for more than a year to put M-W CARES Day together.