A message of #coronaviruskindness to our RMS students:

It is normal to think of all the things we can’t do right now. Here are some things we CAN:

1. Do your packets without making a fuss. Don’t understand something? Reach out to your teacher on Canvas, email from the school website, or call the school and leave a phone number for your teacher to call. Contact Mr. Hamilton or me the same way. :)

2. Your packet is finished? Help a brother or sister with theirs. Read/do more on the sites your teachers gave you. No internet? Read a magazine, play math games, try a recipe… keep those brains working!

3. Did you know the #1 way to help yourself get through any rough time is to help someone else? You probably have a parent or grandparent who’s stressed right now. Wash the dishes, feed the pets, help out with a younger sibling without being asked to. You’ll be surprised how much better it will make you feel.

4. Explore the great outdoors! Even on cloudy days, sunlight helps trigger our brains to release the hormone serotonin. Serotonin helps us feel more calm and focused.

5. Worried about a friend, or having some painful emotions yourself? Text the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime day or night. Put those numbers in your phone or jot them down. It’s good to always have them handy.

6. Look for ways to encourage someone else! Leave a note in a neighbor’s mailbox. Call a grandparent or other relative. What about those who are in the hospital or a nursing home? They can’t have visitors right now. Even if you don’t know anyone there, you can still help cheer them up. Send a card or encouraging note to:

  • Eldercare: 107 Miller Dr. Ripley, WV 25271 or email: ewresidents@hotmail.com
  • Ravenswood Care Center: 1113 Washington St. Ravenswood, WV 26164
  • Jackson General Hospital: 122 Pinnell St. Ripley, WV 25271

These places already know to be expecting to hear from our RMS students! Ask a parent first if you should include your full name on the card/letter.

7. Above all, during this tough time, BE KIND. EMPATHY is thinking of others and their feelings. Long after this is over – and it will be – we will remember the caring kindness of those around us. Let the KINDNESS others remember be YOU! 

We miss you,

Susan Jones, LPC, NCC

RMS Counselor