A.I.R. (Attitudes in Reverse) Program
Posted on 02/28/2018

Dear Parent/Guardian:

This letter is to inform you that beginning on March 5th, all of the 8th grade students at JWMS will be participating in a mental health education program called AIR:  Attitudes in Reverse.  This multi-modal program is geared for middle school students, and will last about 60 minutes  It will include a PowerPoint presentation, a video, and interactive discussions.  Students will participate in this program through their Health class, and will participate only once.

Attitudes in Reverse is a positive national campaign to start the conversation about good mental health, suicide prevention and anti-bullying.  The concept was developed by Katelyn Baker, a Plainsboro, NJ teen, whose brother died in May 2009, as a result of mental illness.  The AIR plan is to start one-on-one conversations to raise awareness, increase empathy, encourage early intervention and eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.  All youth should feel safe to reach out for help.

JWMS staff and counselors are also participating in this program as we believe education is the key to supporting our students and families.  Together, we want to embrace a school community that isn’t afraid to talk about sensitive issues, and who has strong resources to provide our students as they move through Princeton Public Schools.

We encourage you to take a peek at AIR’s website:  www.attitudesinreverse.org.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor.  We will honor any request if a parent does not want their child to participate.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

Kristina Donovan, District Supervisor of Guidance
Jason Burr, Principal