McKeesport Area Student Proposes Wellness Initiatives

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

A McKeesport Area High School student has urged the school board to investigate programs to combat gun violence, substance abuse and what he referred to as “emotional regression” issues negatively impacting students.

Nearly two dozen students were on hand at January's school board meeting as Alex Dalton pitched his ideas to the school directors.

Dalton told the board about programs like Me2We that focus on supporting students struggling with mental health and other stressful issues. He also discussed a proposed student solution center, where students could get help “from peer mediators and learn about coping mechanisms, to better deal with emotional distress in a safe environment.”

Superintendent Mark Holtzman Jr. invited the large group of students to join Dalton at the podium while they were given a standing ovation.

“It says a lot that this young man has all of these students here tonight, showing support,” said Holtzman, thanking the students for showing up to support Dalton.

He added, “it’s a no-brainer that we will help with the proposed initiatives.”

Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers news from McKeesport Area School District and North Versailles Twp. for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at

Originally published February 21, 2019.

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