WEST ORANGE, NJ – Throughout February, West Orange High School students learned about dating and violence from special guest speakers and activities. This year, the program was expanded to not only include the ninth grade Health classes, but tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade classes as well.

The National Council of Jewish Women worked with Health and Physical Education teacher Marcella Vitale to bring in speakers for ninth grade health classes to discuss teen dating abuse. School-wide activities included flyers and banners placed around the high school, daily school announcements about teen dating and violence, and information tables available in the cafeteria. The Pioneer, the WOHS newspaper, published an article about teen dating and violence as well.

“Our goal was to help students become more aware of signs of violence in a relationship within themselves or their surroundings,” said Vitale.

For more information on the help available for teen dating and violence from the National Council of Jewish Women, go to: https://ncjwessex.org/center-for-women/teen-dating-abuse/.