Jet’s Pizza receives OSBA Honor Roll recognition for support of Hope Squad program

Story and photos from the Westerville City School District –

The Westerville Board of Education nominated Jet’s Pizza to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) 2024 Business Honor Roll during its meeting on Monday, May 6, in recognition of Jet’s support of the district’s Hope Squad program.

Jet’s Pizza has provided pizza at all of the Hope Squad meetings across the three high schools this year.

Hope Squad is a school-based, peer-led suicide prevention program which equips and empowers students to be the eyes and ears of a school as they watch out for youth in distress.

The need is real. Sadly, suicide is the leading cause of death for Ohio youth ages 10-14. Students are usually the first to know when another student is in crisis, but the majority do not reach out to an adult to report what they know. The program focuses on three tenets:

  • Train Train students, staff and the community how to recognize suicide warning signs and act on them to break the code of silence.
  • Build Build positive relationships among peers to facilitate acceptance for seeking help.
  • Change Change school cultures regarding suicide by reducing stigmas about suicide and mental health.

The powerful Hope Squad program was established in Westerville through a WEC-led initiative in 2021, and now operates in all three high schools. It is being extended to the middle school beginning in the 2024-25 school year, which is expected to cost $45,000 a year. WEC is fundraising to help pay the costs. Please consider a donation to this effort, using the form below.