by Dave Madsen
SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — Local students are coming together, making a difference to help build a caring community.
It’s all thanks to Eileen Moore and Phoebe’s Messengers. Eileen developed the program to honor her niece, Phoebe Prince, who took her own life more than a year ago, after reportedly being bullied relentlessly by other students at South Hadley High School.
Eileen says that after Phoebe died, she learned of resources that she didn’t know of, resources that might have helped Phoebe.
She told abc40 and Fox6, “We’re changing the tune out there so no child has to go through what they went through. hopefully they’ve taught us a powerful lesson and all the children across the country and the world have been dealing with this.”
Phoebe’s messengers is a school based program that empowers students to carry the message to their peers that no one should ever be alone or hopeless.
They work with councilors, people from mental health, teachers, parents, to make sure the burden doesn’t fall only on teachers or parents.
Phoebe’s Messengers works with high school students..
Springfield’s middle schools will be under that umbrella, but will be called Carl’s Messengers, in memory of Carl Walker Hoover. Carl also took his own life after being bullied in school.
To learn more , log on to www.phoebesmessengers.com.