September 18, 2019 (FAIRLESS HILLS, PA) - Conwell-Egan Catholic High School announced today that it recently partnered with the Langhorne Peace Center to allow its Sophomore Seminar classes the opportunity to experience T.H.R.I.V.E., a week-long, classroom-based emotional and mental support program to open the 2019-2020 school year. The program was able to be integrated as part of the expanded enrichment opportunities afforded to students through an expanded 9-period schedule and investments in student development programming.
As the acronym suggests, T.H.R.I.V.E. is a program that allows students to trust, heal, respect, inquire, value and empathize within a small group environment. It is a joint program of the Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health and The Peace Center. The program was delivered in five 45-minute classroom lessons taught by experienced Peace Center educators from September 9-13.
Through small group activities, discussions, and story-sharing opportunities, students learned how to create stronger classroom community through a wide-range of topics and exercises including: identifying and managing strong emotions, maintaining healthy relationships, gender harassment, diversity appreciation, and practicing respectful dialogue and communication skills.
“Diversity education and emotional support programs help to create a safe and accepting environment for our students,” said CEC Principal Matthew Fischer. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help our students learn to express themselves in a productive way, discuss practices for good decision making, and allow their voices be heard. We are also incredibly grateful to the Peace Center and the Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health for allowing us to take advantage of such an impactful, important program.”
Throughout the week, Peace Center educators divided all CEC sophomores into small group sessions during their Seminar class, and encouraged students to share their stories with one another, teaching them to stand up and recognize prejudice, and allowing for improved peer relationships with a focus on mental and emotional health. These smaller group settings tend to allow students to feel more comfortable opening up to one another.
“This is yet another outstanding program offered to our students that reinforces our mission-centered education that welcomes all faiths and cultures,” said CEC President Tom Lynch. “We are proud to continue to offer our students opportunities to build the skills they need to be compassionate citizens of the world at CEC and beyond.”
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About the Langhorne Peace Center
The Langhorne Peace Center is a non-profit educational organization that specializes in conflict resolution and violence prevention for schools, families and communities. The Peace Center has been working for community peace and social justice since 1982.
About Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, a co-ed, college-preparatory school within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, serves 430 students in Lower Bucks County in grades 9-12. CEC’s mission, within the tradition of our Catholic faith, collaborates to build character through service, achieve academic excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. CEC is accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. To learn more visit www.conwell-egan.org or call 215-945-6200.