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SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES


  • Ask the school newspaper to write a letter or article in the school newspaper about adolescent dating abuse.
  • Invite Laura's House into your classroom for a free, interactive H.E.A.R.T. presentation. Book a presentation here.
  • Have an essay contest encouraging students to write about creative solutions to end adolescent dating abuse.
  • Organize an awareness campaign.
  • Encourage other teachers to promote healthy relationships through education.
  • Post a display that provides information on adolescent dating violence in the school lobby, library and classroom.
  • Offer extra credit for students who attend the annual candlelight vigil to honor those affected by dating abuse.
  • Collect donations for Laura';s House domestic violence shelter.
  • Make sure students & the community know that Teen Dating Violence Awareness month happens in February via newsletters, billboards, morning announcements, etc.


CROSS CURRICULAR EDUCATION

Inviting Laura's House into your middle and high school classroom can increase the student's awareness of adolescent dating abuse. Allow students to challenge peers and increase knowledge of services available for victims.

Subjects that can integrate a dating abuse education through our free, interactive H.E.A.R.T (Healthy Emotions & Attitudes in Relationships Today) program:

  • Health - As students are presented with all aspects of health, the H.E.A.R.T. program can teach about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.
  • Language Arts - Characters in literature must overcome conflicts or manage difficult situations, students too can learn how to develop healthy relationships. The H.E.A.R.T. presentation can also provide essay writing and journaling opportunities.
  • Physical Education - physical ed can offer unique opportunities for integrating dating abuse education. Following rules, health goals, personal responsibility and the idea of respecting others are concepts taught during P.E. and can be examined during a H.E.A.R.T. presentation.
  • Math - while students gain the ability to reason logically the H.E.A.R.T. program can initiate mathematical activities. Students can calculate and graph health care costs resulting from domestic violence and research data and statistics.
  • History - Examination of a culture encourages students to develop respect for others. The H.E.A.R.T. program offers lessons that support the idea of concern for the physical health of others. The role of civic responsibility, advocacy and the development of dating violence laws can be included.
  • Art: Visual/Performing - Visual & performing arts classes can offer the H.E.A.R.T. program to students as a unique way to explore dating issues. Adolescents can study the history and the influence of the arts on our society. Students can be challenged to create posters about healthy relationships and produce a play about adolescent dating abuse. They can express ideas about healthy relationships through painting, music, sculpture or dance.

Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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