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This September, UnityPoint Health held its Imagine the Amazing contest. People living in communities served by UnityPoint Health could vote for a school of their choice. The school with the most votes won $25,000 and each of ten runner-up schools won $1,000 to spend on a health or wellness project of their choosing. In November, UnityPoint announced Louisa-Muscatine Junior-Senior High School (L&M) placed as the third runner up (after Annawan Elementary in Annawan, IL and Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville, IA) and presented them with their $1,000 check.
L&M principal Chris Parkhurst shared just how proud everyone at his school feels about their achievement. “We are very excited! Our students, teachers, parents and community members really stepped up to help in getting the word out and voting. Louisa-Muscatine thrives on competition, and the UnityPoint Imagine the Amazing contest is a prime example of how competition can bring small communities together for a common purpose.”
With these funds, Parkhurst said L&M plans to use the money to increase mental health services to students, as well as to expand positive thinking curricula used in health classes, and to research more mental health measures the school could take to best serve their students. “We’re currently looking at some specific programs or curriculums to put into place at L&M to better equip our students with positive strategies to deal with [stress and mental health] issues. . . . We’d also like to use the money to focus on positive thinking and research therapy to continue to make L&M a positive place for our students.” He believes using the money for these purposes will help his school address important issues many students there face. “Louisa-Muscatine is no different than other schools across the country. We’d like to have a greater impact on our students and how they deal with mental health issues that they, and their families, deal with on a daily basis. ”
With the help of their Imagine the Amazing prize, L&M has positioned itself to greatly enhance the mental health services and education it offers its students. As the school implements its planned improvements, Muscatine County will look to it as a leader in teen mental health and will gain inspiration for how to implement similar strategies in other area schools.

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