During this past school year, approximately 40 McMurrary Middle School students participated in Vashon’s Sources of Strength program.
Sources of Strength, which is a national program, is funded in part by the Vashon Schools Foundation and by Vashon Alliance to Reduce Youth Drug Use (VARSA), in partnership with the Vashon Island School District. The goal of the program is to strengthen the community by focusing on eight key areas, said Peggy Rubens-Ellis, who leads the group.
Those eight focus strengths include physical health, mental health, family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generousity and spirituality.
During the students’ time in Sources of Strength this year, they participated in an art and photography contest that depicted one of the eight strengths that helped them through the pandemic, along with an artist’s statement. The following page include all the students’ work from this year’s contest.