The end of May marks trying to finish the end of the school year well for most students. Because we know it can be a stressful time, the newly formed Health Action Team (HAT) and the after school Gaels Culinary Club joined forces to boost mental well-being on May 27th. They decided to try to destress by preparing and then offering over 250 free bags of popcorn and words of encouragement to fellow students during the two lunch periods.
Over the previous 2 weeks, HAT students at Cathedral, Wilma’s Place students and the Holy Name of Jesus HAT team helped prepare uplifting positive messages on white labels placed on each bag of popcorn. Students who came over in the cafeteria for the popcorn were first asked to contribute an encouraging message for other Gaels on our Positivity Popcorn banner. They then were invited to enter their name for a healthy draw prize and also to enjoy some popcorn.
“The students were really inspired by the messages we created. As a HAT member, it was fun to do for the sake of students who are in need of inspiration. It was fun to be able to make individual messages with different moods/emotions. I imagined it as me saying something to myself to help myself feel better. And I was hoping it could help other people too,” shared grade 12 student, Kyle Toca.
“I thought it was fun. It was a fun morning to prepare popcorn with friends. Positivity is good for you mentally and physically and that is why the HAT thought this would be a fun activity. It promotes positive mental well being. It was also healthier way to eat popcorn,” said grade 11 student, Pedro Santos.
“It was a lot of fun. It was cool to see a bunch of kids helping out and spreading positivity” said grade 9 HAT student Adam Lemmen.
“It was happiness moments” said James of our Cuisine Club. And, “It was great to see the amount of people show up and sign the banner” added grade 9 student, Tome Santos.
“The experience boosted my own well-being!” said School Public Health Nurse Maureen Kelly. “It was a wonderful collaboration between school clubs. A big thanks to the kitchen staff for sharing the space for our ‘popcorn poppers’. The leadership the students took in preparing popcorn, coordinating the signing of the banner and popcorn distribution was heartwarming. The label messages were really inspiring”.
Mrs. Mariella, teacher advisor for the HAT and Gaels Culinary Club, couldn’t have been happier with the results.
“Improving our mental wellness is such an important priority for everyone. Even little things like reminding ourselves of positive thinking can have a huge impact!”