Our 2019 Special Appeal builds on recently awarded grants focused on self-regulation, stress management, nutrition, and physical fitness. You’ll find a list of all our grants focused on health and wellness here.
Student Wellness Centers
Three FREE, easily accessible after-school Wellness Centers are now open at Hopkins High School, North Junior High and West Junior High. These safe, supportive environments send a clear message to students that their mental well-being is important. As students navigate their unique journeys through the challenges of young adulthood, this open, proactive approach will encourage them to meet those challenges head-on, encouraging positive, balanced strategies to problem-solving. This powerful video underscores how critical it is to support our students’ mental health.
The Wellness Centers provide these services:
- Licensed Social Workers and Counselors, available after school 2 days per week at HHS (with plans for expansion depending on the funding we achieve and student needs). A therapist from MoveFwd (formerly Teens Alone) will be on staff. Students have the opportunity to engage one-on-one about concerns ranging from anxiety and depression – and their documented correlation to substance abuse – to interpersonal relationships, stress, self-image, the post-secondary school decision process, and deeply personal challenges.
- On-line appointments simplify access for students.
- ‘Triage’ services direct students to the more specific care they may need.
- Small group sessions will be offered to address general topics of concern, based on student input.
- Access is also now in both junior high schools as well, currently after school one day per week, with plans for expansion as stated above.
HEF is currently funding a Student Awareness Campaign that partners Hopkins High School staff and a Teen Advisory Board with Hopkins One Voice Coalition and Community Blueprint, to destigmatize teens seeking help for today’s challenges. This campaign will help expand student awareness of the Wellness Centers
Farm to Table Consultant
HEF is funding a Farm to Table curriculum coordinator to streamline and expand upon several ongoing healthy food initiatives in the Hopkins Public Schools, many of which have been seeded by HEF grants: ‘Tower Gardens’ in all elementary school cafeterias, Aquaponic and Hydroponic Gardens, and hands-on learning in outdoor gardens and classrooms. Plans include taste testing of ‘new’ home-grown foods and further integration of nutrition education into the science, math and life skills curriculum.
HEF has recently funded several grants to expand student access to interventions that mitigate barriers to learning – such as high rates of stress and adversity. These tools include specific Trauma Sensitive and Self-Regulation rooms for sensory breaks, physical items such as massage mats and cozy canoes to help students settle down, or swings and trampolines to help bring them ‘up’. Sensory devices occupy the restless hands and feet of preschoolers as they master self-control, and fabric shades temper too-bright florescent lights. In addition to Hopkins Public Schools’ ongoing initiatives of responsive classroom and bullying prevention, HEF is funding further staff training in successful strategies including quick 2-3 minute sessions of YogaCalm and Mindfulness. Another of HEF’s contributions is assisting the District’s cohesive practice of – and further expansion of – these strategies by funding larger Social Emotional Learning kits at each school, increasing accessibility to all students.
Together we can help ensure that
Student Wellness = Student Success