M-W CARES Day

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Congratulations to M-W High School student Christina Bitzer, winner of the CARES logo contest!

On October 26, 2018, Monroe-Woodbury High School will be holding its first-ever M-W CARES Day for high school students and staff. M-W CARES Day is designed to promote Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empowerment and Success throughout the Monroe-Woodbury community. The day will feature assemblies and workshops presented by more than 100 courageous, inspiring individuals whose personal stories of overcoming obstacles and achieving success will change the lives of all who attend. This event is believed to be the largest character education program hosted by a school district in this region.

Students will attend four sessions, selected in advance, hear one keynote speaker and attend a general assembly.

“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 issues as teenagers. The inspiration behind M-W CARES is our desire to help our children better understand that there is always help and support, even when they feel all hope is lost. These powerful speakers will touch them and hopefully change the way they approach life moving forward,” said Monroe-Woodbury High School Principal John Kaste.

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 speaks to enlighten audiences on understanding the disease of addiction, harmful stigma and the real beauty of recovery. All students will also 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.

Among the topics to be discussed throughout the day’s workshops are:

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

“Today’s high school age children deal with many pressures at school and outside of our school 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. If we can make a difference in just one life today, then it is all worth it,” said Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez.

M-W CARES Day 2018 Keynote Speakers/Assembly

  • Keynote Speaker, Grades 9 & 10: Marc Mero, former WWE Wrestling Champion. Marc 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. Students are reached at a “heart-level” and are inspired to treat themselves and others with respect, dream big, achieve goals, and cherish relationships.
  • Keynote Speaker, Grades 11 & 12: Tara Conner, a former Miss USA, speaks to provide understanding the disease of addiction, its harmful stigma, and the real beauty of recovery. Tara also addresses perfectionism. Tara tells her personal story, which examines the walls she created as a young child, and the development of her strive for perfectionism. She candidly shares her struggles from childhood and how she used perfectionism to protect herself. In Tara’s journey to recovery, she was able to see how this was one of her greatest shortcomings. She quickly realized that she could never find peace of mind because of the fact that she could never live up to the unrealistic expectations that she instilled on herself. Tara shares with other youth details of her journey to break down those walls that she built as a child, and how to simply accept herself as being perfectly imperfect.
  • Assembly: Kaila Mullady – Finding Your Voice: Musings From a World Champion Beatboxer – Kaila Mullady is a world champion beatboxer, actress, producer, educator and social entrepreneur. At the heart of each of her performances is the boundary-pushing expression of the human instrument. Kaila’s lively and electrifying talk – part lecture and part performance – offers a freewheeling, intimate look at her journey through the often-challenging landscape of the male-dominated beatbox culture, how she made it to the top despite the odds being stacked against her, and the vital importance of owning her unique strengths and differences to stand out, thrive and achieve her goals.

M-W CARES Day 2018 Presenters (alphabetical by last name or organization name)

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