Monroe-Woodbury High School hosts M-W Cares Day

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A high school in Orange County today hosted what is believed to be one of the largest emotional education programs in the country.

Monroe-Woodbury High School brought in more than 100 speakers from across the country to talk honestly and directly with students about overcoming drugs, depression and other adversities

The event, called M-W Cares Day, is the first time the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District has ever held something like this.

Speakers like former Miss USA Tara Conner came into the school and spoke with students about how they've dealt with difficult but common physical and emotional obstacles throughout their lives.

In addition to addiction and depression, subjects included anti-bullying, suicide, dating violence and all the difficult issues that affect students, but that no one wants to talk about.

Students told News 12 that the event is already having an impact. “It was amazing to see these people as people and have them talk to me personally, to understand their stories and how they've changed their own lives and other people’s lives,” said student Alyssa Kamara.

The event cost the district over $100,000, most of which was raised through fundraising.

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