Hope is a Powerful Thing

In the aftermath of local and national tragedies, many students turn to teachers, school counselors, and support staff to address the grief they face. Last week on Friday, the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas hosted the organization’s annual Grief Education Institute Symposium, “Supporting Our Students Through Crisis and Loss.”

The program featured Dr. David J. Schonfeld, the Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at the University of Southern California, who has provided consultation and training in the aftermath of a number of school crisis events and cities within the United States and abroad, including school and community shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; and Townville, South Carolina. Dr. Thelma Duffey, and Dr. Shane Haberstroh who also presented, represent the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development department and have been working to provide services and consultation to the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown community for the past five years.

Along with these wonderful presenters, the Children’s Bereavement Center was proud to present the 2018 Hope Award to both the Molak Family and Senator José Menéndez for their achievements to support and pass David’s Law (SB 179). Every year the Center pays tribute to individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving outcomes for children, in addition to impacting policy, and serving as change agents to improve systems of care. David’s Law mandates all public schools create anti-bullying policies, which include protection from abuse after school hours as well as systems that allow students to anonymously report instances of bullying.

Left to Right: Rose Sherman-Williams; Marian Sokol, Executive Director; Jacqui Peace, CBC Chairman; Senator Jose Menendez; Maureen and Matt Molak

The Children’s Bereavement Center is honored to recognize the Molak Family, as well as Senator José Menéndez. for bringing HOPE to every child in Texas who faces bullying and acts that demean the dignity that he or she deserves.