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If you would like to contribute a testimonial, email the OK2SAY office.
- For the past
few years, I have shared the OK2SAY message with my high school
students. As a classroom instructor, I am grateful for the direct
message to help my students learn about the serious nature of school
violence and mental illness. OK2SAY provides appropriate confidential
contact platforms whether it be phone, text, online, email, or even a
mobile app that should accommodate any situation students may find
themselves in. I also appreciate the recognizable materials that serve as
a reminder of an actionable remedy to counter school violence - Stop the
Silence, Help End the Violence.
Lisa Forrest, Marketing & Management Instructor, Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center
is an important resource to students because it helps everyone be kinder
to create a healthy atmosphere."
Aidan Kutches, Student, Montague High School
OK2SAY program has been an instrumental part of safety for our schools. In
my opinion, all schools should prioritize implementing this program."
Brian Gard, Director of Safety & Health, National Heritage Academies
has been SO helpful to Fenton Area Public Schools over the years. They are
professional, brief in the report, yet provide enough information to help
kids and keep the school safe. THANK YOU, once again OK2SAY!!!"
Laura Lemke, Principal, Fenton Senior High School
OK2SAY program is truly a lifeline between our students and school
officials. The information received from OK2SAY is usually the first time
we have heard of the situation. This is a fantastic tool."
Marshall Perkins, Lead Principal, Traverse City East Middle School
continue to find this service highly useful. During this time where
students are not in a physical school setting, the service provides a
great resource for students to report concerns of others."
Kenneth Voakes, Assistant Principal, Heritage Junior High School
you for the amazing work you do for children! We appreciate this program
and all of the work of the Michigan State Police. You make the world a
Liza Kelly, Executive Director of Labor Relations & Personnel, Howell Public Schools
- "I do
appreciate this partnership. Thank you for reaching out and
providing a report."
Connie Carroll, School Counselor, Pennfield Middle School
works because you can report anything from anywhere. With just a text or a
message sent, threats of any sort can be reported confidentially and the
person sending their message in can be confident that it will be taken
Bella Lee, Student, Eisenhower High School
you to OK2SAY for providing us the tip information. It was very helpful
and potentially could head off a dangerous situation based on all the
information we had in front of us and collected. We appreciate everything
you do and the quick action that was taken to help the
Justin B. Dickerson, High School Principal, Bentley Community Schools
program which is continuing to provide good intelligence to both the
school and law enforcement personnel."
Michael Cluster, School Resource Officer, New Buffalo Area Schools
absolutely love this medium of communication. Keep up the great
Marshall Perkins, Principal, Holt Junior High School
appreciate this service and the support that they provide for our school
Kristin Stuedemann, Principal, Grand Traverse West Middle School
- "This is
a fantastic program! It's a wonderful way for students to get
important information to adults who can be
Bridget Hondzinski, Assistant Principal from Holy Family Regional School
you for keeping this service open to our students. I am so pleased with
the immediate response to the problem as we were able to address it
Traci Smith, High School Principal, Freeland High School
- "I love
OK2SAY. It really helps us identify situations that we did not know
Jennifer Hiller, Principal Scranton Middle School
worked like clockwork. Thanks!"
John Shiner, Manistique Area Middle and High School
- This is a
great service and it is comforting to know that folks in our
community are vigilant in reporting concerns to keep our schools safe.
Maryann Boddy, Superintendent/Principal, Manistique Area Schools
presentations have had a significant, and profound impact on our students
and families in Imlay City. In addition to raising awareness,
students' exposure and access to the programs has spurred much
conversation and reflection on safety issues, the importance of reporting
them, and being mindful about interactions with others. We look at
everything here through the lens of learning - what are students getting
from this experience? In regards to these learning experiences,
students are taking life lessons away that transcend the walls of our
school and extend into their day-to-day lives. That's very powerful
and extremely important. OK2SAY has given students the "green
light" to report incidents directly, confidentially, and with the
understanding that the right individuals will be involved and invested in
solutions. It has empowered our young people in a most important
way. The work of the Michigan State Police and local law
enforcement contributes to a safer, and healthier climate in our schools,
and for that we're thankful.
Undoubtedly, we've received information via OK2SAY that we would not have received from any other vehicle. Since so many issues transpire outside of our walls and outside of school hours, it is critical that our students have a way to reach out and report critical information. OK2SAY provides that outlet and connects in real-time with school officials. As a result, we've been able to help individuals, connect them with help, and have been able to take a proactive and preventative approach with school safety issues."
Dr. Stu Cameron, Superintendent, Imlay City Schools
Rockford Public School District has been involved with OK2SAY since
the 2015-2016 school year. We utilize our Special Services
Department, security team, and building administrators to address the
numerous tips we receive. We have received tips about our students
having suicidal thoughts, experiencing self-harm, threats of school
violence, drug use, and abuse, and other information specific to us.
We work closely with our law enforcement partners during school and after
hours to address some of the concerns brought forth by OK2SAY that
are of an urgent nature, or a criminal violation in need of a law
enforcement intervention. Our student body has embraced the program
completely which is evident by continued successes in identifying and
resolving concerns in an expeditious manner. Parents of students
appreciate our efforts by quickly responding to reports of suicidal
thoughts, self-harm and other self-destructive behaviors. All too
often the behaviors reported were not known to the parents or were
previously known and believed to be resolved. Without the
confidentiality of the OK2SAY program, a lot of this information
would never be reported.
For the Rockford School Community, OK2SAY is another tool for us to utilize in our efforts to maintain a healthy and safe school environment for our community, and we truly appreciate the efforts of the program helping us achieve that."
Scott Beckman, District Director of Security, Rockford Public Schools
is clearly one of the most effective tools for students to report issues,
harassment, and bullying in a confidential yet responsible manner.
Our school has benefited from the information that we receive, not only to identify problems but also to discredit rumors too. It gives school officials much-needed time to possibly intervene before a situation escalates. It has been a valuable tool."
Jim Ellis, Asst. Principal, Romeo High School
seeing the assembly program and beginning using OK2SAY, I was skeptical
about how it would be used by students. After a year using [OK2SAY], I
highly recommend that schools promote OK2SAY to students, parents, and
others who are interested in keeping students safe.
The tipline has been invaluable as a way for concerned individuals to let us know about issues that may be endangering one or more students, and tipline staff communicates information to us promptly, allowing staff to follow up in a timely manner.
We have . . . gained valuable information through tips submitted."
Michelle Herzing, Middle School Professor, Pennfield Middle School
is a . . . great way to give students a voice and be proactive in their
James Hunter, Principal, Liberty Middle School
is a must for every high school in Michigan. It affords students and staff
a place to turn when they need it most. Anyone can encounter a situation
where they need some help, but time, place, or circumstance does not
afford the opportunity to get someone to intervene. OK2SAY provides the timely
intervention that could possibly make all the difference in a person's
well-being. It provides hope, support, and assistance to someone who needs
it, at a time when they need it most. It provides an extra layer of safety
and welfare for individuals, schools, and communities. All schools need to
take advantage of the support and interventions this program provides. It
can make a difference in the lives of young people."
Ron Kramer, Assistant Principal, Ovid-Elsie High School
single greatest deterrent [to] kids reporting possible dangers in school
is the fear of retaliation. OK2SAY gives kids the opportunity to
report without fear."
Chris Kregel, School Administrator, Springport Public Schools
students were engaged in [the student safety presentation] . . . and have
found [the OK2SAY] reporting system to be fast and useful."
Shae McKinnon, School Counselor, Bangor High School
- "In most
cases, without OK2SAY the information would have never made it to
us. I have been pleased. It is streamlined, effective and
Glenn Mitcham, Principal, Central Middle School (Ada, MI)
people trained to work in this program are very professional and have
excellent follow up and follow through."
Denny J. Roehm, Principal, Portage West Middle School
is making a positive difference in the lives of students across the state
of Michigan. Michigan's students are now empowered to take action with
this system and are advocating for themselves, their friends, and
others. Students have personally shared that OK2SAY is helping them
have a supportive, safe and caring culture at school."
Jo Spry, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Cedar Springs Public Schools
- "It has
been most helpful in identifying students in need that we may not have
otherwise known about."
Erin Cole, School Counselor, Rockford Public School
is the first hotline that students of all ages can call make tips to local
schools and police to inform them of any danger of self-harm that students
make toward themselves or others. And the tipster does not feel like a
snitch. Students are more apt to call in knowing that no one will ever
know they called. It's a great program."
Harry Werkema, Safety Officer, Wayland Union Schools
- "I fully
support the OK2SAY program and would recommend it to other districts.
OK2SAY enables students, parents, school staff, and other community
stakeholders by confidentially allowing them to alert the school and/or
law enforcement personnel to potential safety threats."
Arthur W. O'Neal II, Chief of Security, Saginaw Public Schools
- "In the
world of bullying prevention, we all need to be creative and think very
differently. The OK2SAY program has changed the playing field and given
kids and parents hope."
Kevin Epling, Parent Advocate