Every once in a while, school and every other factor in your life can
become a bit too much. That’s why for the first time, Newfield’s SADD
(Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club put together a week of
destressing from March 21st to 25th. Here were the contents of that
Mindfulness Monday. Students were encouraged to color mandalas at the
Project Hope Table
GratiTuesday. On this day the table was used to make thank you notes for
anyone a student wished to show their gratitude to.
Well-Balanced Wednesday. Students wore pajamas to school and created
their own fidget toys.
Pet-a-Pup Thursday. This one seems to be everyone's favorite. Trained
therapy dogs were brought to the school from 11 am to 12 pm so the
students could come over for a few minutes to pet them. The dogs along
with an employee from Love on a Leash was sitting in front of the
auditorium doors and at a given moment during their visit there were
dozens of students eagerly waiting their turn to pet them.
Self-Love Friday. Lastly, students could take pictures with their friends to
The members of the SADD Club found the process of setting this up relaxing.
Quite fitting. They stayed after school to decorate the bulletin board and
set up the table outside the cafeteria. The purpose of the table was to have
representatives from New York Project Hope as a resource to students
interested in speaking to them as well as have some of the stations from
the previously mentioned days set up. President of SADD Club, Sarah
Parvez said that “Meeting the Project Hope representatives was incredibly
enlightening, as they were so open to explaining their mission and
When asking a student what they most enjoyed about Wellness Week they
said that “the Project Hope dude at the table was nice to talk to” They also
remarked that they liked the idea of the Wellness Week in general and that
we should do more things like this at Newfield.