The Grief Support Group was designed with the goal in mind to help individuals grieve and address personal loss in a healthy manner.

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"You can accept or reject the way you are treated by others, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed, you can bandage the bleeding with food,alcohol, drugs, work, cigarettes, sex, etc., but eventually it will ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past memories and make peace with them".

- Iyana Vanzant



Be Sharp is a prevention program offered by Centerstone to build resilient youth who say "no" to risky behaviors. Be Sharp utilizes a variety of teaching strategies that guide youth participants to make healthy choices in their everyday decision-making. These decisions can range from their choice in friends, entertainment, school environment and behaviors such as substance use, aggressive conduct, or sexual activity.



Building Resilient Youth Through Empowerment

Mr. James Martin of child advocate has been providing empowerment programs for students at H. O.Porter for a number of years. It has been very exciting to incorporate various community programs into our Life Skills Curriculum. Mr. Martin has a very unique approach to life issues and working with the youth. His program addresses bullying, anger management, various family dynamics, current affairs and dealing with disabilities. His groups give students a  voice to address issues regarding healthy living. One of his main objective is to work with youth that have mental health disabilities to erase the stigma of mental health among teens.



Community Service is a growing project at H. O. Porter School. The students have enjoyed taking on various endeavors in the past to give back to the community. Working at The Animal Shelter, Senior Citizens Center, Harvest Share, visiting and providing care packages to Hillview Nursing Home and refurbishing Head Start's playground are a few of our past projects. Recent projects include providing food to the needy at Thanksgiving, having an angel tree at Christmas to provide for those in need and landscaping the grounds at H. O. Porter School. We have provided storytelling in the classroom to the younger students, as well as, sending pictures and thank you cards to our troops. Keep in mind, we are always looking for fresh new idea that will serve our community. Suggestions are always welcomed.


In the Spring our student's Community Service Project is Pasta for Pennies. We have for several years and will continue to raise money for the fight against cancer. Each student gets a collection box that they can donate their pennies,nickles, dimes, quarters, or more, to assist their class in a fun raising effort. At the end of our fundraising period the top fundraising class will be treated to a pasta or pizza and ice cream party given by Olive Garden and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.