As part of a building-wide emphasis on the importance of mental health during the 2021-22 school year, approximately 250 students along with staff members from Berkshire Jr./Sr High School participated in the first annual Berkshire NAMI Walk on Thursday, October 7th. The inaugural event was held in collaboration with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Geauga County, and the Kyle Strong Team, which was formed by parent and local mental health advocate, Char Kuchta, in memory of her son, Kyle Kuchta, who would have been a 2021 Berkshire graduate. Volunteer teachers on the high school’s Graduate Profile Committee also played a key role in coordinating the fundraising efforts. Altogether, over $400 in donations, 125 canned food items, and 70 items of gently used clothing were collected! In addition, the student council raised almost $500 while painting faces during the recent Apple Butter Festival. All donations will go towards supporting the mission of the Kyle Strong Team and NAMI Geauga County. Thank you to all involved.