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Our SAVE Shining Star for the month of April is Gabrielle Allen-Destroismaisons of Wilmington, NC! A senior at E.A. Laney Gabby HeadshotHigh School, Gabby is active in her school and community. She has participated in various activities that include organizing a Peace Table for the Martin Richard Bridge Builder Campaign where students were invited to create their own peace poster that was later displayed on campus. Gabby also participated in a reading of “Twenty Twinkling Stars” at Wrightsboro Elementary School and was an integral part of her SAVE chapter’s anti-bullying presentation at Murrayville Elementary School. This past year, Gabby participated in her school’s Adopt a Family program, where she used her own Christmas money to help families in need. Showing her dedication to her community, she organized, planned and executed a family beach clean-up to celebrate National Family Week.

One of Gabby’s main focuses is youth mental health and suicide prevention. During Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, she printed copies of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s call sheet and spent her lunch period taping them to the stalls in the girls’ bathrooms. To raise suicide prevention and mental health awareness, Gabby worked as a volunteer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk at Wrightsville Beach. As president of her chapter, Gabby continuously works to spread kindness and tries her best to make people feel welcome at meetings. She can often be found handing out compliment cards at meetings with kind words written on them or bringing a sweet treat to share with her fellow SAVE members.

Do you have a SAVE member that shines above the rest? Would you like them to be recognized for their outstanding efforts? Please complete this brief form and share with us why the student should be recognized as a SAVE Shining Star by the National SAVE office. Students honored will receive a SAVE Shining Star Certificate, be publicly recognized for their efforts in the SAVE e-Source, on the SAVE blog and in social media. We will also share their award with local media. http://nationalsave.org/save-shining-star/