Glen Oaks High School is putting its students first by creating a program that benefits the community

Nov. 12 2021

The Glen Oaks community wanted to find educational ways to impact its students. One of the ways it did this was by dismantling the community detention center and creating the Restoration Center on the school campus.

The Restorative Center focuses on discipline and providing a suspension place where students can actively repair their behaviors. The in-school suspension center conducts a conversation circle, where the students discuss their emotions on certain topics and how to refocus their energies on something constructive and positive.

Lisa Shaw, the restorative practice coordinator at Glen Oaks, established the center based on the need of feeding families through food for thought and eating.

“I wanted to discover ways to be impactful in the community,” Shaw said. “During Hurricane Ida, we did food giveaways that helped a lot of families. However, we wanted to do more.”

The Greater Food Bank donated the high school food that could feed over 50 families last month. The food included sausages, breakfast items, butter and Dunkadoos. The organization City Year assisted the school in putting the food in the new Reengagement Center.

Shaw wants to continue to grow the students’ minds as well as feed their bellies.

“I plan on helping our future leaders,” she said. “We conduct activities at the center where students feel safe. One of those activities is the Word Wall, where students can write a word on a plastic cup and put it on the fence outside. The word can define something they wish to work on, like self-control, and it is a reminder for them to work hard on themselves.”

To learn more about the Restorative Center, or to apply to receive food from the center, check out the school’s website.

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