Littleton Public Schools is committed to destigmatizing mental health and fostering an environment of acceptance and support. LPS acknowledges the complexities of mental health and is engaging everyone from members of its local school communities to national mental health experts, to figure out what more the district must do to better support its students and families. On December 10, 2018, LPS hosted a special conversation to discuss mental health, safety and security in the district, as well as the improvements the district has made in the last five years. The following video is a series of excerpts focusing on changes in school culture that center on relationships and community care.
Present at this conversation were LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert, LPS Board member Jim Stephens, LPS Director of Social, Emotional and Behavior services Nate Thompson, LPS Director of Secondary Education Clay Abla, LPS Mental Health Team Lead Meredith Henry, Arapahoe High School Principal Natalie Pramenko, Arapahoe High School Assistant Principal Abby Kuhlmann and Arapahoe High School students Emmy Hawkins and Marcus Morgan. Additionally, the conversation was greatly enhanced by the participation of Christine Harms from the Colorado School Safety Center, as well as Michael and Desiree Davis, who’s daughter Claire was the victim of the 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School.