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Yellow Ribbon Project offers public presentations on suicide

by Merrie Leininger

Tuesday, the community will get the first look at the Yellow Ribbon Project and at least one of its organizers has high hopes for its success.

Cindy Marchant, the mother of Carson Valley Middle School student Eric Marchant, who committed suicide in June, said everything is coming together.

“Everything is going good. Larry (Marchant) gave a talk to the Rotary Club last week and he was a wreck because he is used to public speaking, but not on this subject,” she said. “I was so proud of him, he did so well. They said it was the most meaningful presentation they ever had.”

Rotary also donated money to the cause, along with many others in the last, Marchant said.

The Carson Valley United Methodist Church gave an additional $350 that was gathered from the church members after Cindy wrote a note in the church newsletter.

She said she hopes the presentations next week to the community and to the schools helps raise awareness on teen suicide.

“I hope it gets them talking. I really would like to see kids talking with parents and among themselves. The more they talk, the better it will be, because nobody will talk about it,” she said. “My worst feeling is this will die out after the presentations, but I have a really good feeling this will continue.”

She said seeing yellow ribbons on businesses, cars and people this week has made her feel hopeful.

“At the (Carson Valley) middle school, they let them wear ribbons if they want and I guess it was received really well. I’m excited,” Marchant said.

She said she will be speaking publicly about Eric for the first time at the Tuesday night meeting at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School if she gets over the cold she has now. Her daughter, Shelly, will also be coming home from college for the meetings.

At the Wednesday night community presentation at Whittell High School, two representatives from Rep. Jim Gibbons’ office will present a certificate of appreciation to the Emmes, the main speakers.

Dale and Dar Emme of Colorado have traveled the country speaking out about teen suicide after they lost their son.

Presentations are scheduled over three days.

n Tuesday, Feb. 9 – 12:29 p.m. and 1:19 p.m. at Carson Valley Middle School. The community assembly is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.

n Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 10:30 a.m. at Kingsbury Middle School, 12:50 p.m. at Whittell and a community assembly at 7 p.m. at Whittell.

n Thursday, Feb. 11 – 9:10 a.m., 10:03 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.

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