Fredonia High School recently held its fourth annual Health and Wellness Day for staff and students in grades nine through12. Utilizing a half-day schedule, the district health and wellness committee, along with the high school site based team, planned and facilitated activities, learning sessions and educational topics students attended throughout the morning.
Students participated in two physical activities, healthy eating, or wellness sessions throughout the morning. They also attended a keynote presentation by Timothy Shoemaker.
Event coordinators were teachers Joanne Lotter and Jessica Richards, and students Chris Rivera and Colleen McCormick. Student session schedulers included staff member Jennifer Beichner and students Alivia Sheffield, Sarah Koning, Than Schrauth, Abby Krzynowicz, Lindsay Aldrich and Kelsey Aldrich.
On the day of the event, several individuals arrived at 6:30 a.m. to help prepare and set up for the day. They included the event committee, school nurses Gloria Hayes and Susan Parker, staff member Matt Durland and student Megan Bleck. Other students deserving recognition include Brett Seekings and Carsan Rafan.
There were 31 breakout sessions from which students selected two sessions in which to participate. Student presenters were Alivia Sheffield and Megan Bleck. Staff presenters included Chris Anderson, Andy Bennett, Alex Conti, Jennifer Beichner, Laura DePue, Nick Gerard, Lisa Johnston, Joe Kwiatkowski, Connie Lavelle, Pat Newell, Teresa Nobles, Brandy Noody, Jessica Richards, Kerry Seastrum, Kate Sommer-Elliott, Jeff Trawinski, Lori Zebraski, Carol Zirkle and Susan Parker. Community presenters included Bobbie Bucknowski, Cheryl Tabone, Lisa Karalus, Ruth Conti, Fredonia Police Officer Nate Scriven, FSU STEPS program, TLC Rehabilitation Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension representatives, Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council volunteers and Gloria Andolina.
Todd Crandall, high school principal, commented, "It took a tremendous amount of work by our health and wellness committee to create an incredible, fun-filled morning with pertinent 'real life' learning opportunities for our students and staff. Its success is immeasurable. I applaud the health and wellness committee, student, community and staff presenters for their hard work and passion to assist our Fredonia students."
Crandall also was quick to thank teachers and health and wellness committee members Joanne Lotter and Jessica Richards.
"They are the driving force in creating this fine tradition," he said.