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As part of their project for the Bartleby class, McKenna Kiser and Kira Dillard held their first STRIVE meeting on Monday October 9 at the Elizabethton Public Library. STRIVE is an acronym for “Supporting Teens. Realizing Importance. Validating Emotions.” STRIVE is a support group for all teens who have struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, or any mental illness. The meeting was incredibly successful, with over 15 students attending. The students played games, danced, and talked about the future of STRIVE.

McKenna says that the plan is to have one meeting each week. The first two meetings of the month will be similar to last night’s, just having fun and learning to be comfortable around each other. The third meeting of the month, STRIVE members will complete community service together, and the fourth meeting of the month, members will check in with each other to see how each member is doing. McKenna and Kira are excited for STRIVE to have officially begun, and hope to make a difference in students’ lives, “a lot of these kids don’t have a support system the way that they really need one. We want STRIVE to be that safe space.”

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