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By Marc Lutz 

High schoolers step up to build supportive environment for peers


October 14, 2021

Marc Lutz

Freshman Addy Andrews (from left) and juniors Rylee Chelette and Kiara Harrison operate the BASE Café at the high school. Students from the high school and middle school are able to get food from the café before school begins.

A group of Wrangell High School students saw a problem and decided to do something about it.

Those students wanted to make the school warmer and more inviting. They created BASE - Building A Supportive Environment - a program aimed at inclusivity and helping each other. It's grown from decorating the halls to making sure other students get needed food, recognizing staff, and even securing money to make microloans on a global scale.

The year before COVID-19 hit, several students attempted or considered suicide, and peer counseling was put in place by school administrators. Students at the t...

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