Communities partners with NAMI for 5K


Communities students helped organize the NAMI 5K to raise awareness for mental health and suicide.

Jayden Morter, Guest Submission

The NAMI 5k was a perfect combination of all three of NAMI’s main goals. NAMI strives to create “a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares”. To achieve this goal they educate, advocate, support and much more. At the event education was provided through pamphlets and guest speakers. Support was shown with teams partnering together to remember lost loved ones. Lastly, advocacy was shown through the event itself. Besides the remembrance of those lost to mental illness, the event also spreads the word about mental health and all proceeds from the event go towards providing no-cost resources and support to people in need.

Communities students in a group focused on healthy living solutions worked persistently along side NAMI to find sponsors and donors, to get the word out about the event in not only our own community but others through the usage of social media, and to host a smooth event. After many emails, phone calls, and meetings it was an amazing turn out.

Credit for such an amazing event can not be taken solely by our Communities students though. Such a smooth event would not have been possible without our donors, volunteers and performers; Jimmy Johns, Insomnia Cookies, Brewing Futures, Lori Palmarie, Oshkosh North Choir, and more.


Communities is a community based learning program at Oshkosh North High School that offers students a unique way to enhance their skills in: literacy, leadership, digital citizenship, and social studies while covering all required district standards. The Communities program collaborates with businesses, organizations, and members of the community in an effort to provide an authentic learning experience while improving the community.