‘You matter’: The teacher behind the Don’t Give Up Movement at West

The cards created by the Don’t Give Up movement feature a variety of positive messages and have spread on a global scale. History teacher Mel Trotier felt that these messages would help to alleviate student stress and change their mindset. “I like the card that says 'your mistakes don't define you'. I think it's important because, in school, you're learning, which means you're not perfect yet,” Trotier said. “I feel like students need to be willing to let mistakes happen and not let that mistake ruin their day because it's one thing. To me, it is the strongest message, especially for students.”
March 31, 2020

Having experienced a nationwide spike of anxiety and stress in students in recent years, history teacher Mel Trotier felt as though action needed to be taken. After learning of the Don’t Give Up Movement,...

Photo of the week – Dec. 2

History teacher Mel Trotier plays his guitar during the passing period to collect donations for the anual Social Studies Department  canned food drive. Trotier began this tradition four years ago, to bring awareness to the fundraiser and raise money. “Even in a wealthy community, there’s still so many families that don’t have money to even eat through the holidays,” Trotier said. “I think it’s an important issue to bring up to kids that may not realize that somebody sitting in the classroom with them needs food.”
December 6, 2019

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