Students from Grades 6-8 were given an opportunity to de-stress and participate in fun and educational activities with their Build a Better Me Day event on Wed., March 29. Organized by staff and students, the event focused on mental health and well-being, with an inspirational assembly to start and numerous activities throughout the day.
Also participating in the event were a group of staff and students from Assikinack Public School.
Now in its fourth year, the event has grown with a goal to be incorporated across the county.
“Our goal is to have every school in Simcoe County offer a similar event,” says Mme Taylor Bojmelgrin, Grade 2 & 7 French teacher at Goodfellow PS and coordinator of the event. “It’s not enough to focus on mental health for one day (Bell Let’s Talk), we need to keep the conversation going.”
Students enjoyed yoga, playing guitars, drumming, learning about nutrition and mental health, problem solving activities and more.
“Ultimately we want students to feel comfortable talking to their teachers, peers and most importantly their families about how they are feeling,” says Mme Bojmelgrin. “We don’t want the conversation to stop at the end of the school day, we want families to know that it’s important to be open and talk about it at home too,” she adds.