In 2017-18, LABMF was proud to present a $200. grant for the “Clothesline Project” in the following schools: Burrillville HS (Barbara DeMasco & Mr. Wignot, Health Teachers), Paul Cuffee Upper School (Megan Thoma, English Teacher), Rogers HS (Barbara Wunderler, Art Teacher), Portsmouth HS (Nancy Brandley, Visual Arts Teacher) Middletown HS (Anita DeLima, Health Teacher), St Mary Academy-Bay View (Amanda Cabral, Health Teacher), Lincoln HS (Ron Almeida, Nat Honor Society Advisor & Social Studies Teacher), Providence Career & Tech (Carolyne Kellner, Art Teacher)
Congratulations to all participating teachers for the wonderful collaborative projects and your commitment to educating our teens about dating violence!
BURRILLVILLE HS teacher Barbara DeMasco said “As part of a Teen Dating Violence unit, these students were prompted to create a “Healthy Relationships” T-shirt. In designing this T-shirt, students needed to send a positive message about what healthy relationships look like by decorating the shirt with all the positive aspects of a healthy relationship. Further, the shirts were then hung up on a clothesline that decorated the media center with this positive message. Collectively, these T-shirts helped make a strong statement to the school community that “Love is Not Abuse”.
MIDDLETOWN HS Health Teacher Anita DeLima said “Our Clothesline Project was a huge success. 127 – 11th grade students participated and their work was displayed in the cafeteria to advocate and create awareness about this important topic our teens face. The line was on display for the month of February. The project was preceded by a unit on Relationships which included lessons on Unhealthy vs Healthy Relationships, Break-Up Violence, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills and Tolerance. In addition, we showed the Lauren Astley story, “Loved to Death”. And we were honored to have Dr. Malcolm Astley, Lauren Dunne Astley’s father, address every 11th and 12th grade student at MHS.. The month long event included morning announcements about Teen Dating Violence. The students were engaged and empowered. We heard a lot of chatter in the halls and positive feedback from the students. Thanks so much for supporting this amazing opportunity for our students.”
PAUL CUFFEE UPPER SCHOOL teacher Megan Thoma reported “At Paul Cuffee Upper School, our Humanities Alive class had been studying public art and its ability to highlight important social issues and bring a community together. They took on the Clothesline Project as their final project. They did research about relationship violence, the history of the clothesline project, and Lindsey Ann Burke’s story. We visited every advisory and had 80 students and staff members volunteer to make a shirt. Below are pictures from our project, which included our display of shirts and various posters talking about warning signs, frequency, and where to go for support. Because of the openness of our foyer, the display was incredibly impactful and well-received by our community. Our goal is to continue doing this project, adding to our collection every year. Thank you so much for the opportunity. It was a great project for our class and our school, and it started a lot of important conversations.”
ROGERS HS art teacher Barbara Wunderler said “3 art classes and a health class took part in designing the tee shirts. Our nurse, Sarah Cloutier created a display outside her office with facts about teen dating violence and students hung some of their shirts beneath her display. Sarah Bagley, our health teacher, provided all students with handouts containing statistics and facts about healthy relationships. I provided the t- shirts and art materials to decorate the shirts. We created over 60 shirts and hung them in front of the main office and in the cafeteria. They have been on display since Feburary and we will keep them up until the end of the school year. Thank you for the opportunity to create this display at Rogers High School.”
ST MARY ACADEMY-BAYVIEW health teacher Amanda Cabral reported “At the very beginning of the quarter, the juniors researched dating and domestic violence. We talked about the signs of an abusive relationship as well as what someone could do to help someone that may be in an abusive relationship. The girls partnered up and created their slogan/picture that brings awareness to dating/domestic violence. Completed shirts were hung in the gymnasium for the month of February. This allowed a majority of the school’s population to see the shirts and start conversations about dating/domestic violence. I believe that this project was a great success for our students. It allowed them to be exposed to the information on a different platform as well as it being more student-guided rather than teacher-guided. We will definitely continue to complete this project in the years to come.”
PORTSMOUTH HS Visual Arts Teacher Nancy Brandley wrote: “All Art One foundation students (21) were assigned Teen Dating Violence as the theme for their “social issue” graphic design project, a unit within our curriculum. Students, grades 9-12, were asked to develop a T-shirt design, as well as a poster design, utilizing the Design Process. After researching, and developing rough drafts, the group had a mid-process critique during which all designs were discussed. Final designs were executed incorporating the feedback gained from peers and faculty. The shirts as well as posters were hung in our school lobby and the display was extended through the month of March. Several faculty members and building staff commented on the works and the display in general. This social issues unit, more so than any other, garnered the most commentary and discussion from staff and students. The classroom discussions were electric and the invite extended to counselors and staff was well received. Below are several snip-its’ from the students’ final written reflections and I believe their words tell all. Quotes are taken directly as written in student essays:
“I think this project was really good for students. Teen dating violence isn’t talked about as much as other problems like drugs, etc. …”
“Making a poster made me think about, in depth, what dating violence is and what message to put out there to help people……”
“…Not only was the clothesline project a great way to create art in a new unique way to but I thought it was very informative not only for myself but the rest of the school. I did not really consider teen dating violence often except for a handful of times in health class, but after researching the issue to inspire our designs, I was shocked by the astonishing statistics of how many people are truly affected by this issue and will certainly think about it more often and beware not only for myself but friends as well.”
“I think that this was an important issue to address during art class. Portraying our views through art made our messages stronger because there were so many ways to stylize the issue….”
“…I struggled because dating abuse is still a sore subject for me personally, but I am still glad we used it as a theme so it can bring attention to the issue for other people, making them aware of any dangers they may be a victim of, as well as deterring them from being guilty of causing these dangers.”
“…By putting all the t-shirts right in the lobby, lots of students took the time to look at them…..Not many people in our school are that aware of this issue so I felt this project really helped everyone learn about TDV.”
“…It was satisfying to know that my work could potentially impact someone’s life……..It makes people stop for a second and read what the shirts say…I had no realization of how traumatic teen dating violence was until we conducted this project.”
“While researching for this project I learned many things about the severity of teen dating violence…..…..I have also seen the project featured on some students’ social media, who were completely unaffiliated with it’s creation. Their positive thoughts about our work really made my day.”
“….Not only was the process of creating them fun, but I think it is very important to send this message to kids at a young age, especially when they are starting to get into relationships & discover what is healthy & not.”
“……The clothesline project helps to set the message of Teen Dating Violence being a huge problem amongst high schoolers today and is a problem that needs to be addressed and changed. This project helps our school and other schools to relay that message and to hopefully help at least one student to tell someone about an abusive relationship and help them build the course to get out of that relationship.”
Thank you again for allowing our students to grow and gain important insights into the power of art and its connection to life through this very timely and relevant project.
LINCOLN HS social studies teacher Ronny Almeida, Nat. Honor Society Advisor said this project ran through their Advisory & personalization program with NHS students facilitating the process. Students visited advisories to discuss the program and the broadcast journalism program created & ran PSA’s. These were coordinated with the student assistance counselor.
LABMF sponsored the student-led “Clothesline Project” in 2016-17 in the following schools:
Schools received a $200. grant from LABMF: Lincoln HS (Ron Almeida, National Honor Society Advisor & Social Studies Teacher); South Kingstown HS (Karen Murphy, Health Teacher); Johnston HS (Greg Russo, Science Dept Chair/SADD Advisor); Block Island School (Victoria Carson, Health Teacher); Middletown HS (Anita DeLima, Health Teacher.
Activities coincided with February, National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. The following is a synopsis of their accomplishments.
In October 2017, Women & Infants Hospital and Kent Hospital hung the Clothesline Project t-shirts from Lincoln HS & Johnston HS outside their ER to raise awareness!
We are so proud of all the projects!!
MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL HE/PE teacher ANITA DELIMA led MHS’s project. She stated “The project was a huge success. Many students chose to wear their shirts as well as hanging them to create awareness and start conversations with their peers about healthy vs unhealthy relationships. Our entire 11th grade participated(135+) in the Clothesline Project and we had the t-shirts on display in various locations throughout the school for 2 weeks in February 2017. We cannot thank you enough for the grant to support this project. It has a tremendous impact on our students.” Wonderful job, Anita!!
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL Social Studies Teacher/National Honor Society Advisor Ron Almeida and Nat Honor Society students led a comprehensive dating violence awareness campaign at LHS. T-shirts with dating violence messages were created in Advisory Period and finished shirts were hung in a “chain” near the main entrance to spark discussion among students and teachers. Journalism program students broadcast public service announcements about dating violence throughout the school. Their efforts were chronicled in a March 2017 Valley Breeze article. Wonderful collaboration! Job well done!! Click here to download Valley Breeze Article
JOHNSTON HIGH SCHOOL’S Science Dept Chair & SADD Club Advisor Greg Russo and members of SADD created messages on colored t-shirts, representing the different forms of domestic violence, then hung the shirts in the auditorium foyer for the month of February and combined the project with a presentation to juniors/seniors by LABMF. The project was featured in an April 2 article in the Cranston Herald. Kudos to Mr. Russo & SADD Club members for taking on a very effective leadership campaign to educate students about the topic of dating violence! Click here to download Cranston Herald article
SOUTH KINGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL’S Health/PE Teacher Karen Murphy and her health students created t-shirts with dating violence messages and hung them in the Cafeteria and Library. Students were invited to sign a NO MORE pledge and post their thoughts on a “Love is a Verb” sign in the Cafe.
BLOCK ISLAND SCHOOL’S Health Teacher Victoria Carson had her students create t-shirts with dating violence messages and hung the shirts in the school cafeteria.