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Community events support local youth


October 25, 2017 | View PDF

Supporting our youth is one of the most important things a community can do. That’s the focus of Unity and Wellness Month activities presented throughout October by Tulalip Tribes Youth Services, and also promoted by the Marysville School District and supported by the City of Marysville.

The Tulalip Tribes held many events during the month of October for Unity & Wellness including a 5-Day Kindness Challenge. Each week focused on a different area of wellness for students and the community as a whole. Week one focused on suicide prevention using the social media hashtag #LifeIsSacred, week two focused on healthy relationships with #LoveIsRespect, and week three was dedicated to bullying prevention. People were met with challenges to say please and thank you, hold the door open for someone, donate clothing and give five random compliments. Catching people doing good deeds was shared using hashtags #TMUnityMonth and #KindnessMatters. To close out the month, the community will focus on the National Red Ribbon Week campaign dedicated to substance abuse prevention.

Events dedicated to these topics occurred throughout the month. They included free suicide prevention trainings, age-appropriate movie nights, and the annual color run. School District staff and administrators were provided with age-appropriate materials on the weekly subjects and were encouraged to share information through social media, provide resources, and talk with their students about these important topics. Every student was also given a bracelet to remind them that life is sacred, love is respect, kindness matters, and to be drug free.

“We are thrilled with the level of support and outreach we are seeing in our schools and community,” said Tulalip Youth Services Education Coordinator Jessica Bustad. “People are sharing these resources, talking about these difficult, but important subjects, and letting people know they are available to help.”

Family pumpkin carvings and the “Say Something Color Run/Walk” are great ways to bring together the community and give families opportunities to participate in positive activities with each other while learning about how to help individuals in need of help or support in their lives.

“I am grateful we have been able to complete a second year of our Unity and Wellness month and hope to only make it bigger for next year and the years to come,” continued Bustad. “We want to encourage students, families and our greater community to stand together, not only in October, but always to live a strong and healthy life. Take care of yourself, be kind and reach out if you need support. We have a large community of caring and compassionate people standing by for support. Stand tall and live well, Marysville and Tulalip.”

Mental and physical wellness is a priority in our Marysville and Tulalip communities year-round, so the work and resources continue after October 31. Materials on all these topics, including social media posts, are available to the public at

Thank you to everyone in our community who has helped and continues to help Marysville and Tulalip unite and live well!


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