Mental health in teens at Grand Ledge High School

By Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge High School has a student population nearing 1,800 ninth through 12th graders. Students are often overwhelmed with the stress of becoming an adult and planning the future. Kathy Coscarelli is a licensed counselor in the Grand Ledge area. She receives referrals from GLHS for further counseling options for the students. “Kids are so stressed about the future,” Coscarelli said.

Flu season in a Grand Ledge High School special education classroom

By Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE – Flu season is around the corner and Grand Ledge High School employees are taking careful precautions to prevent themselves and students from getting sick. Tracey Smith is the special education teacher for the cognitively impaired at GLHS. Most of her students get a flu vaccination each year to keep from getting seriously ill. “Due to the nature of my students’ disabilities, when they get sick, they really get sick,” Smith said. “It typically takes them longer to recover than most people from their illnesses due to their weakened immune systems.”

Precautions
Smith makes sure that the desks are disinfected before students arrive to class after the students leave for the day.