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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There they can find support and solace that helps them to continue to push forward in the healing process.This group is not only for those that are grieving due to the death of a loved one, but also those who feel abandoned or outcast from the family unit. Here they can safely examine the gaping hole and work towards filling it with hope and peace.

In addition to group work, individuals from the community come in to do volunteer work with the students. Mr.James Martin with Tennesse Voices for Children, Mr. Tim Jones and Molly Dendy from Columbia Cares has spent valuable time with these students. This school year we are hoping to have a hospice counselor come in as part of our group support. Officer Bucky Rowland will be visiting with the Grief Group as soon as his schedule will allow. Officer Rowland used to be our schools resource officer and he continues to work with the student when ever possible. He runs an outdoor ministry called Heavenly Views Outdoor Ministry that target children from single parent homes. We appreciate him so much and his efforts to give back to his community. Heard it through the grapevine that he's planning to run for sheriff of Maury County in 2014. Good Luck Officer Rowland!

"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".



Be Sharp is a prevention program offered by Centerstone to build resilient youth who say "no" to risky behaviors.Be Sharp will utilize 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.



social worker Bridgett Stuart, H. O.Porter student and Centerstone's Be Sharp facilitator Elizabeth Bowman-Patton


Building Resilient Youth Through Empowerment

Mr. James Martin of Tennesse Voices for Children 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 and dealing with disabilities. Mr Martin is also facilitating a Youth Move Group Chapter at H.O. Porter School this year.This group will utilize their voice to address issues for healthy living. Their main objective is to work with other youth that have mental health disabilities to erase the stigma of mental health among teens.


Community Service

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, landscaping the grounds at H. O. Porter School. We have provided storytelling in the classroom and as sited on the playground for Head Start, as well as send 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 welcomed.


In the Spring our student's Community Service Project is Pasta for Pennies. We will continue to raise money for the fight against cancer. Each student will have 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 party given by Olive Garden and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.