Student of the Month selected for work to stop overdoses

Nov 15, 2019

Junior Annouk Joseph of Mattapoisett is the Student of the Month for October for her work on overdose awareness, recovery and support.

In the ten months since her brother's death, Joseph single-handedly organized a whole-school assembly on overdose awareness with break-out sessions for students who wanted to connect and talk more about their own personal connections. The session was attended by over forty students, and Joseph led the discussion about what students can do to help, and what the school can do.

She has also organized a donation drive that will run in November and December to provide those new to recovery with the clothes and necessities to get a clean start. Joseph is in talks with the adult services director of Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction about setting up a weekly support club for students who have been impacted by addiction or who would just like to do more to help. This club is set to start in the new year. 

Teachers and administrators say that Joseph is an all-around good kid, and has been working hard to make her community better.

The Elks of Wareham and the New Bedford Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools.  The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school and community service, industry or farming.