The group of 25 seniors and a few juniors have been in Dickinson, Texas, close to Houston, for the past week helping with everything from tearing out the water damaged insides of homes to putting up drywall. The group is set to head back on a chartered bus after finishing up work on Dec. 1

That idea that a story can create a community is the idea behind Aurora Public Schools’ new project “A Story.” The goal of “A Story,” which is a joint venture between the APS Aurora AWARE project and Stories Without Borders, is to give a platform to the diverse student population in the district and help begin to fight the stereotype of what it means to be a student from Aurora

APS said it learned of the allegations against Timbrell’s in July, a month after Timbrell resigned his position at the school. When asked if APS had notified families in Vista Peak after it learned about the allegations, APS spokesman said the district didn’t want to interfere with a police investigation at the time

“The conversation (on depression and suicide) is important to start,” said Jessica O’Muireadhaigh, director of mental health and counseling for APS. “I believe one of the reasons why people don’t reach out is because of a certain stigma attached to it. Starting a conversation and continuing to talk about it can help to break down that stigma.”