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By Mike Creger
Pine Knot News 

In this case, SOS is not a last-minute cry for help


November 9, 2018

SOS students meet with community members this summer at a "Community Dialogue" event hosted by the Students Offering Support group at the Cloquet Public Library. The meeting was the "action" piece to the SOS service learning project, said REACH program coordinator Anne Parish.

It was a fortuitous bus ride discussion nearly two years ago that led to a student-run peer group in Cloquet designed to keep kids safe from the stressful triggers of adolescence.

"We want to do more" is what Anne Parish remembers students saying on the ride home from a suicide prevention training in Grand Rapids. She is a coordinator for REACH, the countywide mentoring program for teens begun in 2000.

"Things have progressed," said Raven Sevilleja, a student at Cloquet High School and one of the founders of SOS, the peer-to-peer group formally called Students Offering Support.

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