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MTHS Holds First LGBTQIA+ Pride Day

Manchester Township High School held their first LGBTQIA+ Pride Day on June 3, 2022, organized by David Rivera, Student Assistance Counselor, and Teena O’Connell, Art Teacher, with the help of the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA).

During lunch periods, several local organizations had tables outside the cafeteria.  Exit 82, St. Francis Community Center, and alumni Christian Nies were there for outreach for the students. Many students and staff members wore MTHS Pride tee-shirts, designed by art teacher Ashley Malebranche and sold as a fundraiser for the GSA. There was also a door decorating contest, with classroom doors throughout the school decorated in Pride themes. Room 117, Ms. Adams, was voted as the winner (door pictured in photo). In addition, $150 was raised for the Trevor Project through a jeans day for staff.

“On behalf of Dave and myself, I just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to everyone for showing their support for our first Pride Day!” remarked O’Connell. “The kids were so excited and came up to us all day to express what it meant to them to see the staff and students in their shirts, the decorations, and the camaraderie on this joyous day.”  

“A huge thank you again to Ashley Malebranche for all of the time she spent, from designing the logo to the huge production of shirts and other schwag! And to all of you that showed your support through buying shirts, the door contest, donations, and just being a positive force for our LGBTQIA+ kids and staff.”