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Sources of Strength uses peer networks to change unhealthy norms and culture

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Rotary Club of West Linn President David Goode presented a check for $5,000 to West Linn High School Assistant Principal Dawn Ahlgren. The money will go toward the school's Sources of Strength program, which aims to prevent student suicide. The Rotary Club of West Linn recently granted $5,000 to a West Linn High School program seeking to prevent suicide, bullying and substance abuse among students.

The high school program, called Sources of Strength, is part of a national organization that encourages those in need to seek help while also training students to offer support for their peers.

Rotary member Rita Segura said the club valued this work.

"We really liked the model that they were using, which is peer-to-peer, where they train kids to help other kids. We thought that was really powerful," Segura said.

"Even if it helps just one person, it's important."

Rotary Club of West Linn President David Goode presented the check to Assistant Principal Dawn Ahlgren Wednesday, Nov. 17.


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