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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives $10,000 Donation from TEARS

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

December 9, 2020

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives $10,000 Donation from TEARS

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools, through the Grand Forks Foundation for Education, has received a $10,000 donation from TEARS (Together we Educate About the Realities of Suicide) to help financially support the Sources of Strength Program.

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention program designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. Money from the donation will be used by lead adult advisors to purchase materials for the program at their school.

The Sources of Strength program is currently established in each of the middle and high schools. This year, the program has been added to all elementary schools for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

TEARS was established to support individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide and to provide education in hopes of preventing suicide in our community and region.

Geoff Gaukler, mental health coordinator at Grand Forks Public Schools, worked with Moriah Opp, TEARS coordinator, to secure the donation.

"On behalf of Grand Forks Public Schools, I would like to thank Altru TEARS for their generous donation,” said Gaukler. “This will provide support for our peer leaders and adult advisors who are working to spread messages of hope, help, and strength throughout our schools, especially during these challenging times.”