Grayling Middle School Students Spread Awareness of Human Trafficking

A group of eighth graders from Grayling Middle School used their class project to teach others about an important issue in their community.

The students saw our report about a pair of Roscommon County men arrested for human trafficking.

That inspired them to learn more about the problem while teaching others how to prevent it from happening again.

“It’s kind of scary knowing how many people that are under aged that get trafficked each year,” said Jordan Reynolds, eighth grader at Grayling Middle School.

Reynolds says it scares her knowing human trafficking happens everywhere, even in her own community.

“I’d like for us to be able to help others like if we know what’s going on with them or if we get into this situation somehow,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds along with her classmates, Jayden, George and Makynna put their heads together to find the best way to get the most out of this project.

Not just for them, for everyone.

“A lot of our ideas like just flowed together,” said Reynolds. “We were trying to spread the awareness but we started off just doing it locally like in Grayling.”

But they said that wasn’t enough.

“Then we made a website so that people could spread the news other places since the pamphlets going to be just locally,” said Reynolds.

Their teacher says she was impressed with this group’s work.

“I saw a spark in the students. They seemed to be engaged right away,” said Tinelle Zigila, eighth grade teacher at Grayling Middle School. “Just seeing the collaboration and the research come together in a final product.”

She says while they learn about human trafficking every year, this was the first time students took action.

“They got right after it and they had a clear focus and a clear plan from the beginning,” said Zigila.

Reynolds says she feels it’s important students learn about issues around the world and close to home.

“I think it’s good to have this information, I mean at least in the back of our heads so we know what’s going on and we’ll be more aware of our surroundings,” said Reynolds.