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WBZ Features DanversCARES & #WhyYouMatter Campaign

Students in Danvers are holding up a mirror to their peers with a simple message: you matter. They’ve taken more than 1000 pictures of students, teachers and staff. Their goal? To help others.

The Why You Matter project has turned into a beautiful display in the halls of the high school.

“I said, I matter because I have more to accomplish in life,” says Calvin Mansfield, a Danvers High School student.

“I care about others,” adds Julia Ryan.

Watch the entire WBZ-TV segment here:


DanversCARES Presents Vaping Seminar for Parents

Vaping has become a growing issue of concern among parents in the community.

“Parents are afraid,” said Director of the Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership Diane Knight. “They are concerned for their kids.”

To educate parents about an issue that is often misunderstood, DanversCARES organized a vaping seminar last Thursday night at Danvers High School. Knight ran the majority of the seminar, and many parents from the community showed up to learn more about the issue.

“It’s so prevalent and parents need to understand that if they see their kids doing this stuff, a lot of [the kids] don’t realize how harmful this stuff is,” said Judith Ryan, the public health nurse in town who helped run a portion of the seminar. “They don’t think that it’s dangerous.”

Since 2008, DanversCARES has administered a Youth Risk Behavior Survey for grades 7 to 12 every two years. In 2016, only 6 percent of Danvers High School students reported vaping. However, today, 27 percent of high school students in Danvers reportedly vape.

Read the entire article on the Danvers Herald web site:


DanversCARES Brings Pet Therapy to Danvers High School

Exam period can be a stressful time for high school students.

To relieve that stress, DanversCARES invited representatives from Perfect Paws Pet Ministry and their certified therapy dogs to Danvers High School to interact with the kids during mid-term week.

“Something as simple as petting a dog after doing a brutal exam can make a big difference,” said DanversCARES Interim Director Lyle Harrod. “You wouldn’t believe the amount of stress these kids are under.”

DanversCARES is a community group in town focused on positive youth development. Although this is the second year DanversCARES organized the program, the DanversCARES high school student group initially thought of the idea.

“We want to try to find healthy alternatives so students don’t go to using addictive products and can find other stuff like playing with dogs,” said one sophomore in DanversCARES.

“Everyone really gets stressed over mid-terms and finals, and they can play with the dogs and it calms them down,” added another student in the group.

Harrod explained why these dogs are important for the students’ mental health.

“They are giving you a fun stress relief alternative, and you are also getting a healthy coping mechanism,” said Harrod. “If you are really stressed out or are going through a tough time, [you may] resort to smoking marijuana or using other substances but the focus here is a positive alternative.”

Read the entire article on the Danvers Herald web site: