Boston College High School marked Veteran’s Day by inviting Joe Cook, the father of 2003 BC High graduate Tim Cook – who served as a medical corpsman in Iraq – to speak about serving others, being a veteran, and the importance of giving back. The address, part of the school’s “Mental Health Awareness Week: Gratitude and Giving Back” observation, took place on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 inside BC High.
Tim Cook returned from war with PTSD and died in 2013, just a few months after finishing his military service. The Timothy “Doc” Cook Foundation was set up the next year; it is dedicated to educating youth and increasing awareness of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) within the community and abroad. A scholarship was set up in Tim’s memory a year later. Since its inception, more than $75,000 in Cook Awards have been distributed to graduating high school seniors in the area.
Joe Cook addresses an estimated 200 students at Boston College High School as part of the school’s “Mental Health Awareness Week: Gratitude and Giving Back” observation.
Pictured left to right: Maribeth Pender, PhD, LMHC Lizzy Green, LICSW, and Joe Cook. Pender and Green are both adjustment counselors at BC High, and orchestrated the events for Mental Health Awareness week
About Boston College High School: Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men in grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,500 students from more than 140 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more information please visit bchigh.edu.