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Communicating on the path to wellness

Diverting from the typical routine of the school year, Wellness Day will take place next Monday with the goal of promoting healthy habits for students. Since this will be Northwood’s second Wellness Day, the administration took the chance to revamp the event to make it even better than the last one.

“In the competitive environment of Northwood, it’s really easy to forget that we all need to take a break sometimes,” sophomore Estelle Lee said. “Wellness Day is a great opportunity for us to relax for a day and reevaluate our priorities.”

The idea for the day evolved when staff observed that excessive stress harmed students last year. The first Wellness Day, which took place on Feb. 29, featured each department teaching different topics that involved mental health. A survey that gathered feedback about the day found it to be an overall success. Counselor Jessica Calbreath expressed her feelings on the impact of last year’s Wellness Day.

“Students appreciated the break in the routine and they really liked seeing their teachers in a different capacity,” Calbreath said.

The survey also revealed ways for Wellness Day to improve, suggesting that attending every period made the day draining for both students and staff. In response, the staff decided to change the day’s format.

“Unlike last year, this year there will be one overall topic,” Calbreath said. “It will be full of activities, food and outdoor fun.”

Wellness Day will follow a modified schedule with students attending Period 3 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., break, Period 4 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., break, Period 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon and lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The PTSA received $5,000 that they will use to provide each student lunch. Students and teachers will play games on the field on the field during lunch, including softball, basketball and a variety of relaxing activities.

Freshman Callie Baker shared the lesson she hopes Wellness Day will bring to Northwood.

“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine for those around you,” Baker said. “I hope to see people going out of their way to help other people or just to be kind.”