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SBI-Iselin hosts a Shining a Little Light in a Dark Situation – "Talent Under the Stars"

August 14, 2011 General, SBI-Iselin, Service-Learning 0 Comments

On August 5, 2011, members of the Sanford-Brown Iselin campus had the privilege of hosting “Talent Under the Stars”. This was a service learning and community service event for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.  Our night started out with our American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s guest speaker giving an excellent dissertation concerning matters such as suicide signs, the symptoms to look out for, psychological suicide prevention tactics and the preventive strategies to be deployed, as well as the startling statistics for the highest rate of suicide, which surprisingly, encompasses our  medical field industry. This of course was an eye opener for those of us who live under this umbrella, and may ultimately be affected and impacted with such concerns, and for which we need to be actively aware.

Students, staff, and families of the Sanford-Brown Institute were involved with members of the community to not only make them aware of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, but also to show their support by giving their time with the evening’s preparations, exciting performances, and such events that included a student that recited a touching poem, which not only talked about suicide, but the consequences affecting all concerned. The festivities which later ensued included a band, five year old drummer, dancers, and singers.

The show, as you might expect, turned out to be a huge success, and could not have gone on without our DJ, Pharmacy Technician student Mr. James Cruz.  He donated both his time and his equipment to this worthy cause, and his participation and contribution were a key component contributing to our inevitable success. We must also acknowledge and give our heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful students, staff, and their respective family members both for their involvement, and turning this evening into the memorable event it was destined to be. In addition we further extend our special appreciation to Ms. Krystal Apoka, who was instrumental in making us aware of the excellent work instituted by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and to Ms. Danielle Coffaro, Ms. Dana Reed, Mr. James Cooper, Ms. Tammy Connor and all of the staff and student helpers of the Sanford-Brown Institute, which helped in the cultivation, organization, and implementation of this all encompassing phenomenon.  

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