Aevidum- the helping hands of Tyrone


by Karah Kaltenbaugh

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. -Joseph Addison The sunflower is a flower that represents happiness.

Many children and teens everyday face challenges and obstacles that can wipe a smile off of their faces. Some of them find the will to move on the next day with a smile on their face, and some of them decide they just can’t go on. Some of these kids are bullied constantly and are terrified to step foot in school, some of them face family problems, and some of them have a lack of friends. That’s why Tyrone, along with other schools, created the Aevidum club.

Aevidum is a word that means, “I have your back,” derived from the Latin root “vid” meaning life. It is a club that exists in schools from all over.

“Aevidum is a suicide awareness group,” says Samantha Johnson, V.P. of Aevidum, “and just being there for students with problems to get them some help. Aevidum members are there to be there for students to get them help, or even be a friend.”

Along with Samantha Johnson, there are 14 other members of Aevidum.

“We try to protect students by letting them know they’re not alone by educating kids about depression, anxiety, and suicide,” says Mrs. Johannides, high school counselor.

Not only does Aevidum help kids with depression and other problems, but they also do things to help you feel better about yourself. “My favorite part of Aevidum has to be the fitness group Mrs. J and I started for girls with self-esteem and confidence problems,” says Johnson, “I had a lot of fun and made a lot of new friends.”

Mrs. Johannides believes that Aevidum is benefiting the school and the kids attending just by getting the message out there. Aevidum is always willing to accept new members who just want to lend a helping hand to their fellow peers. They try to meet at least once a month.