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Voorheesville remembers HS student

The Voorheesville Central School District began a series of events geared towards responding to the tragedy, beginning with a meeting of the district's crisis management team on the night of the student's death.

The team developed a plan that began with providing counseling services to students affected by the sudden death. Superintendent Teresa Snyder said that the district has partnered with the Albany County Department of Mental Health, and received help from surround school districts to help meet the needs of coping students.

In the next step in formulating the response, the district will be hosting an education and awareness forum, along with the Albany County Suicide Prevention Committee, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 11, at St. Matthew's Church Social Hall.

"[The forum] is a way to continue to deal with the process of grieving," said Snyder. She said the committee will help educate parents on ways to help children make healthier decisions.

Snyder has said that responding to the student's suicide is a community effort. "The forum will provide essential information and resources on a variety of mental health issues for parents, families, children, and the community," said Snyder, in a letter sent to parents.

Snyder said the effort will continue for the next year. "We have to be mindful and have a sense of vigilance," she said. According to Snyder, this year the districts health program will put a greater emphasis of adolescent.

She also said that the district will have to find a way to balance this increased education and vigilance while also trying to return to a sense of normalcy.

The district will move forward with its second annual Mr. Voorheesville competition at the high school. The event was originally scheduled for Friday, April 30, however, in light of recent events it was postponed for two weeks, to Friday, May 14.

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