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Bay Area high school students invited to bonfire Saturday

Break Through the Static, an organization that supports and empowers students that are impacted by suicide, is inviting Peninsula high school students to a bonfire at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Lucie Stern Community Center.

The bonfire is BTS’s first official outreach event for Bay Area teens. Jade Chamness, founder of BTS, hopes that the bonfire will be the beginning of creating a supportive network for students bereaved by suicide through cummunity events on the San Francisco Peninsula. “Our goals for the bonfire event are two-fold,” Chamness said. “After the Bonfire, student attendees will feel less alone in their experience with suicide, and will feel welcome to join this new, supportive, healthy community. Attendees will feel empowered to utilize their strengths during and outside of Static events to help them process their experiences with suicide as well as other human experiences.”

BTS is a non-profit organization that aims “to improve the support and services available for suicide-bereaved youth” across the United States, Chamness said. BTS has been involved in the Palo Alto community since 2009 through multiple student outreach events such as Dear Palo Alto.

BTS will host multiple local performances including Palo Alto High School’s own Relax, You Can Do This band. Bonfire attendees will be able to participate in various activities such as playing Chubby Bunny, making s’mores on a open fire, winning gift cards, and meeting local teens.

“We believe we’ll have a great turn-out from area schools, and students will leave with big smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts,” Chamness said.

Students are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook, however it is not nessecary in order to attend the bonfire. For more details, go to the BTS’s Bonfire Facebook Event Page.

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