Create a Wellness Fair to Counter Kids’ Stress

By Kasey Short

Our intermediate school Director of Counseling, Janani Buford, realized early in the academic year that students were experiencing a significant quantity of stress and anxiety, and many did not have the tools they required to manage it.

Although the planning procedure was time consuming; the result for our students was well worth the time spent. We hope that the details listed below is helpful to anyone who has an interest in offering a comparable opportunity to trainees at their school at some point this year or in the future.

Trainees have missed out on countless opportunities to interact socially, collaborate, get involved in after-school activities, and manage their time in a traditional school environment.

Janani chose that she wished to be proactive in assisting students discover and practice coping skills. This led her to conceptualize a Middle School Wellness Fair to highlight that tension is typical, showcase that psychological health is a top priority, and offer students with chances to discover and practice a range of coping skills.

This is the third school year thats been impacted by Covid. Our existing 8th grade trainees have not had “typical” school since 5th grade.

Preparation the Fair Activities

We were lucky to receive a frustrating response from people happy to offer to teach sessions for our students. If you discover there are insufficient neighborhood members able to facilitate all the sessions you need, you might ask instructors to share methods they utilize for their own wellness. Hearing how some adults in their lives cope would also be helpful.

Begin by making a list of possible sessions that would benefit students by teaching them promoting and/or coping abilities wellness and mental health awareness. Start reaching out to people within the neighborhood who specialize in these kinds of wellness and ask if they would be interested in getting involved in the wellness fair.

Recommendations for Community Businesses to Contact:

Yoga Studies
Fitness Centers
Art Studies
Dieticians
Motivational Speakers
Therapists with numerous specializeds such as mindfulness, art therapy, journaling, etc.

To balance out expense and reveal gratitude for the volunteers, Janani asked our Parents Association if they would be ready to provide gift bags, coffee, and water bottles to thank the volunteers. A Parents Association may also have ideas for neighborhood volunteers who have companies or pastimes associated with stress relief and would be willing to participate.

Develop the schedule for the day and believe through logistics that will be required to serve your number of trainees within your centers. Be sure to develop momentum by requesting for help from others within the school. Janani consulted with our intermediate school scheduler to create trainee and teacher schedules and assign room places for the day.

How We Structured Our Fair

Trainees invested an entire school day getting involved in Wellness Fair activities.

The day started with a keynote speaker (a therapist) who described to trainees the meaning of tension and anxiety, provided an overview of coping skills, and motivated trainees to find techniques that worked for them.

Each session leader was asked to start the sessions by discussing why the strategy/skill they were sharing assists with stress and anxiety and promotes wellness. They were then to model the ability and offer students a chance to practice the method.

Students then rotated through four unique sessions, with a treat break in the middle. The trainees took a trip with their English classmates, and an instructor was assigned to each group to escort the trainees and assist the volunteers as required.

Test Sessions:

This petting zoo was a true highlight of everybodys day. This part of the Wellness Fair brought joy to trainees and professor and offered a chance for kids to practice living in the minute and have fun exterior.

At the end of the day, trainees filled out a confidential Google Form to offer feedback about the experience. Trainees extremely liked the petting zoo, rock painting, yoga, and mindfulness.

After students took part in four sessions, their afternoon looked slightly different depending on their grade level, however all students had lunch and went to their athletics class during their regularly set up time.

Mindfulness
Meditation
Journaling
Yoga
Self-Care
Fueling the Body
Art
Physical fitness
Developing Self-Leadership Skills

All trainees (by grade level) likewise had the opportunity to go to the taking a trip petting zoo that was welcomed to our school for the afternoon. The regional petting zoo (were based in Charlotte NC) brought a bunny, baby pigs, a goat, a llama, an alpaca, and a miniature cow. Educators helped assist in the trainees seeing the animals, but the company looked after the animals and directed trainees on how to interact with them.

Trainees then spent the rest of afternoon watching the Disney film Inside Out through a school membership service (Swank) which offers licensing for seeing motion pictures. This movie allowed students to have a long time to relax and provided a safe environment for going over the sensations and emotions of an imaginary character.

Our Covid Protocols

To preserve Covid security procedures throughout the day, all visitors on school were masked and had evidence of either a Covid vaccine or an unfavorable Covid test. All routine Covid protocols such as masking and distancing remained in place.

Objectives Accomplished; Fun Ensued!

Moms and dads were supplied with details about the Wellness Fair and a list of the volunteers who assisted in sessions. This permitted families to discuss the strategies with their children, motivate their kids to continue to use methods that work for them at home, and to connect to any of the volunteers to find out more as needed.

Since the teachers took a trip with students and took part in the activities, they will be able to integrate the techniques in their classrooms and remind trainees to use these techniques throughout the year.

This event was a great deal of enjoyable for students and achieved numerous mental health objectives. It truly normalized psychological health as a concern for trainees and professors, acknowledged that stress is a predicted and normal part of life, showcased that everybody requires techniques to deal with stress, and offered trainees time practicing different coping abilities.

What Our Students Had to Say

All trainees (by grade level) likewise had the opportunity to check out the taking a trip petting zoo that was invited to our school for the afternoon. Teachers helped facilitate the students seeing the animals, but the business took care of the animals and directed students on how to connect with them.

Kasey Short (@shortisweet3) likes to share ideas from her class and writes often for MiddleWeb. She participated in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a bachelor of arts in middle school education with a concentration in English and history. She went on to earn a masters in curriculum and direction from Winthrop University. She is currently the Director of Studies at Charlotte (NC) Country Day School and an eighth grade English Teacher.

” I loved the art and socializing with my good friends. My preferred part was the rock painting, it was so relaxing and fun.”– Tyler

We were lucky to get a frustrating action from individuals prepared to volunteer to teach sessions for our students. Establish the schedule for the day and think through logistics that will be required to serve your number of trainees within your centers. Janani fulfilled with our middle school scheduler to develop trainee and instructor schedules and appoint space locations for the day.

” I actually believed that health day would be boring but rather I learned a lot about my body and my mind and how to manage my stress.”– Stefan

” The Wellness Fair was a terrific experience to step away from the daily tension of school and learn ways to deal with tension and anxiety while having enjoyable.”– Lily

” It was useful that the school got trained experts to lead the sessions. Being around infant animals is an instant stress relief.”– Sarah

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