Students and staff from Jonas E. Salk Middle School and Wisdom Lane Middle School discussed mental wellness during the Waves of Positivity event.
Students in grades 6 through 8 from Jonas E. Salk Middle School and Wisdom Lane Middle School hosted Waves of Positivity on March 7, an event aimed at promoting mental well-being and healthy habits.
The evening consisted of a series of workshops that provided students many opportunities to explore ways to be mindful, raise awareness of mental wellness and meet social-emotional needs. Fun was had by students and staff while learning how to handle stress and anxiety in positive, meaningful ways. From the workshops to hands-on experiences and thought-provoking conversations, all visitors walked away feeling happy and connected to one another.
Twelfth grade students from General Douglas MacArthur High School and Division Avenue High School were instrumental in getting middle school students in the mindset to create vision boards while English teachers Ms. Casey and Ms. Cai discussed the art of journaling to get in touch with one's emotions.
Ms. Miceli and Mrs. Williams, school social workers, provided a Brain Power Workshop for students to understand the way their brains work and provided hands-on Mood Boosting stations for students to get ideas on how to relieve stress-induced feelings using their five senses. Ms. Bronstein and Ms. Pagnotta, also school social workers, gave students suggestions on breathing techniques to use when they feel anxious, while Ms. Rosenblum taught the students how to make bracelets from hand-made paper beads created in Kenya with her Reason2Smile program.