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Activities demonstrate ways to de-stress

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.

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, which allowed for the implementation of Chill Week Oct. 7-11 as well as other aspects of the pro...

Natural Helpers revamp program

Natural Helpers have posters with QR codes for those who need it's services.

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) to get people to take us seriously and to expand Natural Helper beyond what it has been the ...

Interns for Change to Chill grant announced

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

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 gives her a way to make her ideas a reality. “I've been really excited about taking the next step...

Park wins Change to Chill grant

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

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 said Park was awarded one of the $1,000 grants, and Natural Helpers will be creating a space...

Natural Helpers hold training session

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

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 their role as Natural Helpers during their training day. ...

Natural Helpers reflect on event

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

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 him to speak to the club. “(Luskey) wanted me to share my experiences from Wells Fargo to share with the class,“ Tur...

Natural Helpers train to help community

Natural Helpers adviser Allison Luskey speaks during the full day of training. The meeting took place Oct. 26 in B135.

Marta Hill and Noah Orloff

November 4, 2018

As sophomore Ella Miller left her first Natural Helpers meeting, she said she was satisfied because she appreciates everything Natural Helpers does. “I just started. The training was my first involvement in Natural Helpers,” Miller said. “I really loved it because I just love what Natural Hel...

Club looks forward to training day

Natural Helpers adviser Allison Luskey renews the club for the upcoming year. Natural Helpers will have all day training on Friday in B135.

Noah Orloff and Marta Hill

October 25, 2018

According to Natural Helpers adviser, Allison Luskey, the goal of the Oct. 26 training day is to help Natural Helpers improve their skills. “The purpose is to increase our skills around communication, active listening, mindful inquiry leadership, specifically for students who are Natural Helpers,...

Natural Helpers appoints new leaders

Seniors gather at one table at the last meeting of the year to reflect on Natural Helpers.

Nietzsche Deuel

June 5, 2018

Senior Natural Helpers leader Caleb Mesick said he feels one of the things he accomplished over the year was spreading the word about Natural Helpers to the student population. “We wanted to do more, but it wasn’t realistic. I thought we did well at getting more people to know about (the club),...

Natural Helpers volunteer at Bowl-A-Thon

The Park Natural Helpers helped out wth the Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at Park Tavern on April 21.

Nietzsche Deuel

April 26, 2018

Senior co-leader Caleb Mesick said Natural Helpers has been wanting to do volunteer work in order to help more than just students at Park. “We felt like we wanted to do things more outside the school because we strictly focus on inside the school so we felt this was a good outlet to help more th...

Natural Helpers prepares for upcoming interviews

Natural Helpers prepares for upcoming interviews

Yonit Krebs and Lauren VonEschen

September 20, 2016

After joining Natural Helpers because of a teacher recommendation, senior Kamia Guy said she loves the leadership position she stepped into last year. “At first I didn’t know what (Natural Helpers) was, but then a teacher recommended it and I like to help people a lot so I was like ‘O.K., ...

Natural Helpers increases student participation

Natural Helpers increases student participation

Kate Huber

October 19, 2015

Natural Helpers, a student-run peer counseling organization, returns to Park this school year. The club focuses on providing students with a comfortable environment in which they can ask for help and resources available through the high school. Adviser Allison Luskey said the Natural Helpers club...

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