Highland Schools to Offer Grief Support

The loss of someone young, vital and beloved strikes a small community like Highland County extremely hard, and coping with that loss can be a difficult process. It strikes hardest among those who knew the loved one personally, and outside of the family, no one knows them better than the fellow classmates and students who interacted with them daily. The Highland School system is taking steps to help their students deal with the recent devastating loss of a special student, Brooke Jewell Harper. Dr. Thomas Schott, school superintendent said “In times of grief it is necessary for our community to pull together to give whatever support we can to those needing it.  When school resumes on Tuesday January 3, 2017 we will have counselors, support staff, and clergy available to all students and staff of our Highland Schools family. “

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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