My name is Mariam Khan and I’m a senior at Hamden High. I wanted to tell you all about an exciting new initiative created by HHS students and the Nurse’s Office!
This past month, I had the honor of leading Connecticut’s first Period Rally! Through the event, we began the conversation of destigmatizing periods, eliminating period poverty, and affirming menstrual hygiene products as a right. It sparked a new dialogue on how we can take steps within our schools, families, and communities to regard periods as a shameless and natural process. (More on CT Period Rally: https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-period-parity-20191014-6nwkwxh33rgtnlanckmod63muu-story.html, http://www.quchronicle.com/2019/10/its-time-for-change-period/)
The Global Youth Activists and Nurse Department are now coming together to start a new project to implement within HHS! Teachers will now be able to become PERIOD HEROES by putting up hearts on their door. These hearts mean they have menstrual hygiene products available for any student that may need them. It’s a simple but meaningful way to alleviate the discomfort of many students who may have forgotten/do not have access to supplies.
If you’re ever in need of period products, look out for hearts on the doors of our Period Heroes!