Chenango Forks Middle School spent today helping its students get healthy, including a focus on mental health.
The 4th annual health day began with a concert and presentation by local singer/songwriter Jared Campbell.
Campbell sang his own songs about stress, acceptance and feeling like an outsider.
The Vestal native now focuses his career on visiting schools with a variety of messages including anti-bullying.
He says it’s important to speak the kids’ language.
“There’s a real key to trying to communicate with them on their level. High school is very different from middle school. And middle school is very different from elementary school. So, I’ve got to kind of wear some different hats when I’m approaching whatever age group I’m working with.”
After the morning assembly, the students rotated through 9 different stations including fitness, team-building, a ropes course and salsa dancing.
Julie Paludi is a health teacher at the school. “The kids get overwhelmed very easily with respect to testing and the end of the school year. And I think it’s really important to reinforce the value of managing stress. They can do that through a number of activities and we try to educate them through those activities through the day.”
Students from the school’s health club helped to organize the event and seek out sponsorships.