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Dating Abuse Awareness at Morris Catholic High School

Morris Catholic teacher, Linda Norman, and her junior class students
What Love Means to Students
These Hands Don't Hurt
Morris Catholic Juniors

A multitude of educational opportunities are provided in high school which give students immeasurable tools to develop into well-rounded adults.  Classes, clubs, and other elements of the curriculum are aimed to encompass every facet of life so that each can find and excel in their niche.  What we often take for granted, however, is the need to be informed and aware of the relationships around us: something that applies to everyone.  

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM).  After two leaders from the Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) came and spoke to Morris Catholic’s junior class about the importance of healthy relationships, students were inspired and took steps to integrate awareness of the subject into the community.  Each member of the junior class wrote their definition of love on a sticky note.  Next, they traced their hand on orange construction paper, signed their name, and taped the hands on lockers throughout the junior hallway.  We chose orange paper to acknowledge the color that represents TDVAM.  

Through this activity, students made a commitment to love one another and not let their hands hurt others.  By hanging up each paper in the junior hallway, it is a reminder to the entire Morris Catholic community of our duties to protect and care for one another.


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