Peer Helpers active at ECMS – Heading Toys for Tots project

ECMS Peer Helpers

Escambia County Middle School is a pilot Middle School Peer Helper Program site. The purpose of this program is to promote a drug-free community and school, to educate parents, and create community-based partnerships.

Peer Helpers are students who are trained to recognize when their peers may have a problem, listen to fellow students confidentially and assist them with emotional, societal, or academic struggles.

The requirements to be a Peer Helper are as follows:

* Must set a positive example for all classmates by being accepting, supportive, and helpful.

* Must abstain from negative use of technology / social media involving elicit, threatening, or sexual behavior.

* Must abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other illegal drugs.

ECMS Peer Helpers have partnered with Empowerment Tabernacle Center and the United States Marine Corps to sponsor the 2017 Toys for Tots drive. Students and community members are asked to send a new toy to the school by Wednesday, December 13, to help brighten a child’s smile on Christmas morning.

Peer Helpers are shown above, from left, kneeling, Douglas White, Racquel Knight, Bryson Williams, Jorgie Rivera, Christopher Kellum; second row, Jessica McWilliams, Curtis Smith, Alayna Salter, TyQueria Evans; third row, Shanica White-America, Joshua Gurley, Taylor Garrett, Jabarie Arnold. Not pictured are TyAnthony Dailey, Xavion Gee, Alex Wasden, Mason Huggins, Zoe Moorer, Jayle Adams
ECMS Peer Helpers sponsor is Cordia Coleman Lee.

News photo by Donna Fitzpatrick