Following through with the work of 50 faculty members working with learning grants this summer, Upper School Peer Counselors dedicated chapel to a presentation articulating how fundamentals in ParishLeads help reduce mean-spirited gossip within the school community.
Senior Davis Devereaux was one of several student speakers emphasizing the need to minimize gossip and maximize respect and trust. Peer Counselors said the daily practices of ParishLeads are relatable to helping build a strong community culture. The most applicable ParishLeads’ tenets are to “Act with empathy and compassion”, “Value Diversity” and “Foster relationships effectively”.
Peer Counselor Ford Noble said the advice many receive is to ignore cyber-bullying or disparaging comments, but research shows students value peer acceptance and learning to build a healthy environment is a better long-term solution. Noble said Peer Counselors can be an important resource to “listen” to students struggling with issues that can lead to personal and relationship problems.