By David Volz

The J.P. Taravella High School DECA organization has achieved high recognition for its Crisis Text Line program. Members of DECA worked hard to promote the Crisis Text Line and to encourage students to call the line if they are experiencing a personal crisis. DECA advisor Jamie Simmons is very proud of the work the students did over the past year to promote the Crisis Text Line. School assemblies were held and signs were placed encouraging people to call the Crisis Text Line if they were having problems.

J.P. Taravella DECA won first place at the state competition for its work on Crisis Text Line and had a perfect score on its presentation at the International competition. DECA received $5,000 from the Lead 2 Feed organization for its work on the Crisis Text Line and J.P. Taravella received $2,000 from Lead 2 Feed for the project.

The Broward County School Board is considering adopting the Crisis Text Line for all Broward schools. The Crisis Text Line has had 37 million conversations since 2013. The students who chaired the project included Samantha Kaye, Spencer Gorelick and Kevin Ward. Aila Macarulay, who presented the project to Superintendent Robert Runcie said, “This was an amazing projects. We have a lot of students who are being bullied or don’t have friends to talk to in school and we want to help them,” said Macarulay.

Next all, DECA will work with Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence and Students Against Destructive Decisions to hold the Fourth Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. It will take place on September 30 at J.P. Taravella High School at the 1000 building. Participants will complete 27 laps and run or walk up and down two flights of stairs during each lap. The goal is to raise is to raise $10,000 for the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. It will cost $30 for adults and $20 for students.