Our 2018 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.
Mental Health Center
Our goal is to fund an easily accessible after-school Mental Health Center, sending 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 Mental Health Center will provide these services:
- Social workers and counselors, available after school 2 to 3 days per week depending on the funding we achieve. Students will 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.
- ‘Triage’ services will help 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 will potentially be extended to both junior high schools (with sufficient funding).
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.
Farm to Table Coordinator
With your help, HEF will bring a Farm to Table curriculum coordinator into the Hopkins School District to streamline and expand upon several ongoing healthy food initiatives, many of which have been seeded by HEF grants: ‘Tower Gardens’ in elementary school cafeterias, Aquaponic and Hydroponic Gardens, and hands-on learning in outdoor gardens and classrooms. Plans include the addition of cooking classes for 6th-grade students, taste testing District-wide, 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 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 Schools’ ongoing initiatives of responsive classroom and bullying prevention, other successful strategies include quick 2-3 minute sessions of YogaCalm and Mindfulness. HEF’s goal is to help fund the District’s cohesive practice – 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