How did we get here?
In the fall of 2019, RHS PTSA submitted an application for Seed Fund money to RHS SGC to fund a speaker to address our student body and staff. Several years leading up to this application, our Roswell community had suffered significant student loss and the concern over stress, anxiety, and depression was increasing. Supported by the RHS PTSA Student Well Being Committee (SWB), Lee Hills began searching for an appropriate speaker. During the search process, a community member recommended Kit Cummings, Founder and CEO of P.O.P.P. (Power of Peace Project). Kit has worked with students, prisons, and corporations helping each group recognize their personal potential as well as their community possibilities. Kit met with Principal Dr. Shaw, AD Ben Sutter, Val Rogers, our Social Worker, and our Head Counselor. All agreed that Kit and P.O.P.P. was a great fit for Roswell High School.
Who pays for it?
Implementing P.O.P.P. for one school year is $10,000. Kit and Lee Hills met with and networked with many individuals and community members. An anonymous donor contributed $5,000, Roswell Rotary sponsored $1,000, and the final $4,000 comes from the RHS SGC Seed Fund Money awarded for this effort.
How do students join P.O.P.P.?
This will eventually be an ‘All-School’ Club – anyone may join. Initially, RHS Administration will identify students who are considered ‘influencers’ in different circles to serve as the core 24 students who will work with Kit on getting their goals for our school community identified.
When will this kick off?
While the Pandemic has pushed out intended fall 2020 launch out, the delay has not damped our spirit of intention with this effort. The first of several Parent Zoom calls with Kit and was hosted mid-January 2021 to start the conversation about P.O.P.P. and get input on areas our RHS Community can use some attention. RHS PTSA SWB members, Kit Cummings and parents were able to share and learn about what is to come. These will continue monthly until the restrictions are lifted and the P.O.P.P. Club can be launched. Kit has been flexible and available to RHS.
What sort of things will our students be doing with P.O.P.P.?
Kit implements strategies for attacking what he identifies as the ‘Dream Killers’, such as Promoting a Bullying Spirit, Irresponsible Social Media, Objectifying Classmates, Unhealthy Relationships, Disrespecting Authorities, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Lowering Scholastic Standards. Kit brings real-life examples to the students and works with them through small challenges to help them navigate restructuring their approach to fulfilling their dreams.
How often will P.O.P.P. meet?
Initially, the core ~24 will meet about every 2 weeks. Once established there will be a schoolwide invitation for anyone interested to attend. The exact schedule is still being considered, as scheduling is not routine at the moment. Ideally the group will meet once or twice a month, on RHS campus, most likely 45 minutes before school begins.
Once this starts, how can we continue this into the following year?
The secured $10,000 will cover 2021-2022. Fundraising will need to be done again to continue into the 2022-2023 school year.
Parent Zoom Meetings with Kit Cummings
an 19, 2021
Feb 23, 2021
Mar 23, 2021
Apr 20, 2021
May 25, 2021 (tentative)
Join the Zoom meeting on the dates listed:
Roswell Parents POPP Zoom
7:00 – 8:00pm