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SW Michigan school improving student well-being through new program

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An area school is helping students improve their emotional health in addition to their normal education thanks to a pilot program running in Michigan.

Starting March 14, Cassopolis High School will be a part of the "Think. Respect." campaign, funded through the Michigan Department of Education.  It is designed to improve students' overall well-being, from physical to mental to emotional. 

Each school chooses their own slogan and specific focus based on feedback from students and staff.  For Cassopolis, the slogan is "Think Unity. Respect Diversity." 

"Cassopolis has traditionally focused on academics, similar to many schools in Michigan. The goal of "Think. Respect.," however, is to focus on the student as a whole, incorporating their physical, mental and social health into the school setting," said Assistant Principal Hiawatha Francisco. "We are pleased with, not only the progress that has been made by our students and staff, but also by the reception "Think. Respect." has had from the students."

The program is running in 23 Michigan school and 10 other states right now.  If the pilot program is successful, the program may expand nationwide.

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