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The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Sophomore Chloe Lorentz takes part in Natural Helpers by handing out lollipops Jan 17. Natural Helpers created “Chill Week” in order to help students with the stress of finals.

Natural Helpers hosts ‘Chill Week’

Modesty Manion and Johanna Kaplan January 24, 2023

With the end of the semester approaching fast, finals are heavy on the minds of students, according to Natural Helpers president Sophia Earle. She said that in order to help students manage stress levels,...

Natural Helpers discuss plans for the new virtual classroom Oct. 24. They meet at 7:45 a.m. every other Monday in C163.

Natural Helpers creates online resources

Modesty Manion and Johanna Kaplan October 27, 2022

Natural Helpers, a student-led counseling group, is working again this fall to improve the mental health of Park students. In the process of putting together a virtual classroom, Natural Helpers president...

Natural Helpers members review the club’s plan for its upcoming Change to Chill week. Activities for the week will take place in the cafeteria Jan. 24 – 27.

Natural Helpers plans Change to Chill week

Adam Gips and Aidan Shafton January 26, 2022

After only having a virtual Change to Chill week last year, Natural Helpers adviser Kerstin Merrill said this year the club is attempting to revitalize Park. “Change to Chill week is a time for the...

Used with permission from Anna McCallon. Natural Helper Anna McCallon edits a slideshow on March 15. Natural Helpers has put together a presentation for eighth graders to help adjust to high school.

Natural Helpers creates welcoming environment

Katie Nelson March 16, 2021

The first day of high school can be a nerve-wracking experience for any incoming freshman. Natural Helpers is hoping to ease the transition for current eighth-graders.  According to adviser Allison...

Natural Helpers introduced a slideshow during Park Connections, which includes a virtual classroom and other available resources for students to use. The virtual chill room is open to all students at 3:30 p.m every Wednesday on Zoom.

Natural Helpers offers support

Katie Nelson February 8, 2021

After grappling with how to help students during online learning, Natural Helpers went on a hiatus. According to Natural Helpers adviser Allison Luskey, they have struggled the past couple of months to...

Park graduates of the Class of 2020 enjoy French cuisine at the very first French Club meeting Oct. 11, 2019. French Club is one of many clubs at Park this year that will continue its program online.

Clubs at Park offer social connection during the pandemic

Emmy Pearson October 29, 2020

With limited social contact, students are trying to find ways to maintain connections with others. One way is through joining clubs and organizations offered at Park that spark students’ interests. Abiding...

Senior Rakesh Plant contributes to a mindfulness activity Oct. 21 in Spanish class. This activity helps students start the day focused and prepare for upcoming tests.

Activities demonstrate ways to de-stress

Maria Perez Barriga November 5, 2019

Aware of the importance of self-care, junior Natural Helper Josie Briant said the Change to Chill program provides an outlet for students to decompress.  The school received the Change to Chill grant,...

Natural Helpers have posters with QR codes for those who need its services.

Natural Helpers revamp program

Henry Brettingen, Rodolfo Zarate , and Mushtak Barqab October 1, 2019

As junior and co-president Jade Shionoya reflected on the upcoming changes to Natural Helpers, he is  optimistic about the future of the program. “We are trying to improve how we recruit new members,(and)...

Natural Helpers adviser Allison Luskey smiles in the middle of Natural Helpers spring training March 22.

Interns for Change to Chill grant announced

Marta Hill and Noah Orloff May 21, 2019

When junior Morgan Graves found out she, along with junior Filsan Omar, had been chosen by Allina Health as one of two interns for the Change to Chill grant at Park, she said she was excited because it...

Freshman James Vournakis and other Natural Helpers participate during spring training March 22.

Park wins Change to Chill grant

Marta Hill, Emma Leff, and Noah Orloff May 5, 2019

After seeing the impact stress has on students at Park, the counseling office decided to apply for the Change to Chill grant, according to Natural Helpers adviser and health teacher Allison Luskey. Luskey...

Sophomore Ryan Barnett interacts with fellow Natural Helpers during spring training March 22. According to Barnett, the training day was educational and enjoyable.

Natural Helpers hold training session

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff April 6, 2019

As Park welcomes in the spring weather, Natural Helpers work through training, according to sophomore Natural Helper Ryan Barnett. Barnett said conversations with social workers helped students understand...

Sophomore Steven Applequist and junior Morgan Graves reflect on the speakers words. Derek Turner visited natural helpers and spoke about his previous job.

Natural Helpers reflect on event

Katie Hardie and Sadie Yarosh December 9, 2018

Natural Helpers welcomed customer service employee Derek Turner from Wells Fargo this past week to learn more about helping others. According to Turner, Natural Helpers adviser Allison Luskey invited...

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