As the school year comes to a close, Duchesne students have been chipping away at their workload while studying for AP tests and finals. Luckily, Wellness Week was celebrated by the Duchesne community in order to foster a stress-free environment in the midst of utter chaos. May is Mental Health Awareness month, a month dedicated to raising awareness to the importance of mental health. Wellness Week, a newfound Duchesne tradition, promoted relaxing and fun activities for the Duchesne Upper School to enjoy.
During Wellness Week, NHS (National Honor Society) collaborated with the Counseling department to send out daily wellness tips. Along with this, the students were encouraged to turn in their cell phones to be entered into a raffle. On day two of the stress-free week, therapy dogs were brought in for the morning, and crowds of students congregated around the puppies. Everyone loved the therapy dogs. “They were a big hit, and I hope they come back next year,” exclaimed sophomore Kate Abbott.
On day three of Wellness Week, students wore green shirts and accessories, since green represents mental health awareness. The White House Lawn was crowded with tables full of different crafts and activities, such as stress-ball making stations, painting, and even ice-cream was handed out. Students de-stressed and enjoyed many different activities together, including decorating the White House Lawn sidewalk with colorful chalk.
Personally, I really enjoyed Wellness Week, as it was a great way to switch gears and take part in an activity other than studying. Wellness Week was a hit at Duchesne, and it not only helped girls relax, but it spread the significance of good mental health.