Harrison students raise funds to help people with mental illness

Dr Paws Pet Therapy
Pets from Dr. Paws Pet Assisted Therapy will visit Harrison High during Charity Week.

Harrison High School students are raising money this week to help Americans facing mental illness.

Highlights of the Farmington Hills school’s 12th annual Charity Week include “Keep Jim in Jail,” putting principal Jim Anderson behind a PVC “jail cell” without his phone; Principal Sundae, with $1 per vote to turn an administrator into an ice cream sundae; and Paws 4 A Cause, giving students a chance to visit during lunches on March 7 with therapy dogs from Dr. Paws Pet Assisted Therapy.

The first-ever Farmington Public Schools all-high school dance, Light up the Night, will take place on Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., at Farmington High School. Tickets are $10 and will include refreshments, a photo booth, DJ and free neon sunglasses or necklace. Glow paint and cat ears will be sold separately.

Dance tickets will be sold at all four high schools during all lunches. No guests will be allowed; all students must have ID to enter. Proceeds from the dance will go to Operation Common Good, which supports Farmington Public Schools families in need of help.

The rest of the week’s activities, planned by Student Council, will raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Individual and group donations can be made at nami.org.

Harrison High School is located at 29995 W. 12 Mile Rd.