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Marion Harding student named to Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council

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A Marion Harding student has been selected for selection by the Ohio School Safety Center for the 2024-2025 Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council.

Christian Pearson and fifteen other student members will develop strategies to encourage their peers to participate in maintaining a safe school environment and will be advocates for the overall well-being of students. Students will work directly with OSSC safety liaisons at school to organize events, focus groups and trainings to highlight student success and best safety practices. These members will also serve as a sounding board for the Ohio School Safety Working Group and OSSC on student marketing campaigns and other projects to ensure student voices are represented.

Gov. Mike DeWine created the council in 2022 to help OSSC leadership identify school safety issues and develop innovative solutions to address them. Students from last year’s council will present their capstone projects at the School Safety Summit next summer.

“This year’s students took their capstone projects to a new level and got their peers more involved in the day-to-day safety activities at their schools,” said Emily Torok, executive director of OSSC. “Our alumni members quickly got the new council on board and they all supported each other in a student network to promote safety across the state. I encourage everyone to contact their city councilor to learn more about their projects and initiatives. They are very impressive.”

The council will be invited to attend the in-person Ohio School Safety Summit July 31 through August. 1 at the Columbus Convention Center to network with colleagues and attend information sessions on violence prevention strategies and emotional safety.

Eight council members from last year have agreed to return as mentors for the new council. They will continue to work on projects in their communities and act as force multipliers for school safety improvements.

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