After the school day ends Tuesday afternoon, a group of 20 or so students converges on the classroom of language arts teacher Jennifer Gowin at Trimpe Middle School with serious business to tend to. Most of these students are involved in myriad extracurricular activities, but this one is particularly important to them and kept close to their hearts.
These students comprise the school’s Pillars Committee, and together they are strengthening their school while spilling beyond its walls and pouring positivity out into the community, whenever and wherever they can.
Gowin said the group started from an initiative at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities in Edwardsville, and is now in its fifth year at the school. As a group, the students reinforce a constant message through its pillars: respect, dignity, understanding, forgiveness and kindness.