Helbling to speak at Fort Frye High School

Adam Helbling, nationally known advocate for mental health and disabilities and the author of “Well… I Guess I’m Not Jesus,” will be speaking in the Fort Frye High School auditorium Wednesday evening, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Helbling’s book focuses on his own struggles with both bipolar disorder and a life-altering spinal cord injury. Due to an underlying mental illness, he battled drug abuse and eventually ended up in a behavior treatment facility believing he was Jesus Christ.

Helbling’s non-religious-based program continues by telling how, just two years after his first manic episode, he helped lead the Ohio State Waterski Team to a national title. The then 23 year old ‘died’ three month later in a horrific car accident fueled by a second manic episode. His journey wasn’t over as he was revived at the accident scene.

As a result of this accident, Helbling suffered a serious spinal cord injury and was left paralyzed from the chest down. His presentation aims to show how misunderstood mental illness is and, that with proper treatment and the right medications, those who are affected by this illness can go on to live very fulfilling lives.

This mental health and disability presentation event is free and open to the public. Helbling’s story is “A profound story and a must-see.” It is supported by the nationally recognized Marietta College Education Program and its student chapter (MCTEA) as well as The Bauer Fund of the J. Jim Luce Foundation of New York City.



The final Wednesday Community Lenten Service will be held April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Waterford Nazarene Church. This week’s speaker is Darla Schnegg. As a reminder, next week the community service will be held Good Friday, April 19, at the Beverly United Methodist Church with Doug Downs speaking.

A free will offering will be taken each evening to support the ministry of the Beverly-Waterford Ministerial Association.



With the beginning of April comes state achievement testing time. All children in the state of Ohio in grades 3-6 will be taking reading and math tests, as well as science for fifth graders, beginning in mid-April and lasting until the first week of May. Beverly-Center principal Megan Miller offers these tips that may help ease the ‘test anxiety’ that comes as the assessments approach:

Show children you have confidence in their ability to do well on the test. Be sure to display and encourage a positive attitude.

Practice iReady and Study Island lessons at home. Both programs are geared towards the Ohio standards and will help them prepare for the upcoming tests.

Talk with children about the upcoming assessments to help relieve possible anxiety. Try not to overemphasize the tests. Help children build self-confidence by making sure they understand they just need to make their best effort.

Encourage children to take their time answering questions. It is not a race to be the first to finish. Taking the time to read the questions well can make a big difference.

Stick to normal routines at home.

Adequate sleep and proper nutrition are important throughout the school year, not just at testing time. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast can promote learning every day!

Please be sure your child arrives at school on time without the need to rush to the testing site.

These tips can help everyone get through testing time with a little less stress!


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.