Mr. Luna is out to save the day
Adria Sanchez discusses Mr. Luna's helpful deeds at DP
By Adria Sanchez | Staff Writer
October 4, 2013
Often in high school, students feel that their school or home life is spinning out of control and feel that they could really use someone to talk to. Luckily, at Dos Pueblos there is a person who really wants to listen and his name is Mr. Luna (in B-3)!
Luna is in charge of the Youth Service System (YSS), a program from the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA). YSS is an organization through which students can come and talk to specialists in confidentiality about anything at home or at school.
“I am here to give resources [to students] and hopefully find a way to overcome the problems that they have,” Luna said.
Even though it is Luna’s first year working at Dos Pueblos, it’s not his first year being at Dos Pueblos. He is a DP alumnus who graduated in 2008. Luna is happy to come back to DP to help the new generation of DP students.
“Coming back to my old high school, working with the students, and being able to help them in any way I can is what I always wanted to do,” Luna said.
While Luna is thrilled to be working at DP, he admits that his position as YSS counselor has its occasional challenges. Luna reveals that sometimes it can be difficult both to persuade students to talk with him and to hear about the challenges they face. However, any drawbacks of Luna’s job are far outweighed by the benefits of it.
“My favorite part [of] working with students is getting to know them and being able to relate [to them],” Luna said, revealing his impressive ability to empathize. Luna enjoys meeting and working with students because they are all different and they all have their own stories.
Luna was happy to report that many of the wonderful aspects of DP have remained the same since he graduated. “DP still [has] the same staff that is so welcoming and caring about the students, all the activities and school pride is still here,” Luna said.
However, one thing has changed: the technology. “We’ve never had iPads or big flat screens TVs in our rooms,” Mr. Luna said while smiling and laughing.
When Luna was asked what advice he would give to struggling students, he said, “I will tell them there are people out there that care about them.”
Luna encourages kids to seek aid when they need it. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, asking for help takes courage,” Luna said with sincerity.