By Kim Kalliber, Tulalip News
Marysville Pilchuck High School staff are working to get back on track with regular class schedules following the tragic shooting on October 24. While grief counselors are still on hand to help students cope with the aftermath, they are turning to the community for help in ensuring students feel comfortable at the school. Family and community members are encouraged to pay a visit to the campus, whether it is to talk or just be a safe, adult presence.
“We are in need of parent, family and community member volunteers to be on campus, to help out in the lunchroom and front offices where the counseling continues. It’s good for the students to see familiar faces, even to just come eat lunch with them,” said Matt Remle, Native American liaison for MPHS.
“Some kids may be angry or depressed, or both. Staff understands that everyone grieves differently. It’s going to take time and I don’t think you can put a timeline on grieving.”
Remle goes on to explain that while increased adult presence is helpful during a crisis, it’s valued all year long. “It’s always good to have community members and tribal members and leaders visit the school, to bring a bit of Tulalip to the campus.”
If you’d like to volunteer, volunteer packets can be picked up at the MPHS front office. For more information on the Marysville School District, visit www.msvl.k12.wa.us.