This year’s St. Joe’s wellness program has been spearheaded by a group of teachers who created activities that would include both staff and students. Each month activities have been planned that promote not only physical fitness, but educate the mind and soul.
The school has teamed with Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, which has presented supplemental activities such as guest speakers and demonstrations for the wellness program.
Each student has the usual physical education classes and recess, but the wellness activities go beyond that. The monthly activities planned involve physical activity and the whole school. The Goblin Gallop — trick-or-treating through downtown and playing at the city park — and the Turkey Trot — walking to the local community cupboard with canned goods — have already taken place this year.
Another activity that gives everyone a sense of community spirit is the annual community clean-up day. Brooms, shovels and rakes are brought from home and school and church grounds, and local residents’ yards are spruced up. Each activity promotes team participation, community pride and self worth.
Wellness — it does a body good!