Christine Stuart photo
Hall High School students fundraising to prevent suicide (Christine Stuart photo )

While some were hesitant, many more voters, teachers, and students were eager to buy a bottle of water, a cup a coffee, or baked goods from a small group of Hall High School students using their school’s polling place to raise money for suicide prevention and awareness.

Jessica Lola Nix said the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to a nonprofit group called To Write Love On Her Arms.

She said the nonprofit was created by Jamie whose friend Renee almost died from cutting herself and doing drugs.

Monica Bassette said West Hartford is no stranger to suicide. She said last April two West Hartford middle school students took their own lives, so it’s an issue that really hits home.

David Goldman said around 2 p.m. Tuesday that the group had raised about $200.

And that’s not the end of it.

Taryn Balehunas said the group will also be hosting a benefit concert on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Park Road Playhouse in West Hartford.

Balehunas said the idea of a benefit concert came to her one night as she was listening to her I-pod. Nix said she wrote her a really long Facebook message about the idea of a benefit concert.

Goldman said holding Tuesday’s fundraiser at the high school gave them access to students, as well as adults in the community who were visiting the school to cast their vote. He said many people were generous enough to offer a donation without accepting anything in return.

“We just want to promote life,” Bassette said. “We want to help.”

“And let people know rescue is possible,” Balehunas added.

For further information about the benefit concert in December please email david.goldman1 at or hawaiianhonu at