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Horton Kindness Day Helps Students Shift Thinking, Reduce Stress

In April, Horton High School celebrated Kindness Day to encourage positive health and wellness among students and staff. Workshops throughout the day were aimed at raising spirits and provoking thought. Each session was intended to meet one of two objectives: To introduce students to practical, manageable ways to reduce stress through an activity, hobby, or therapeutic approach; and to challenge students’ thinking to shift from from negative to positive thought processes.

Workshop topics included:

  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Exploring and managing frustration
  • Writers workshop: finding your voice as an author
  • Creative leadership and thinking outside the box
  • Developing solutions to challenges
  • Science of slime
  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Knitting
  • Jam session
  • Learn to fish with Principal Brad Stokes
  • Pickleball
  • Pet therapy and meditation
  • Painting
  • Italian cooking
  • Meeting your inner critic and finding your inner mentor
  • Sleep hygiene and positive thinking
  • Volunteerism
  • Mindfulness
  • Medicine pouches
  • Drama and Improvisation
  • Board games
  • Orienteering
  • Archery
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Making Bee Bombs to help bee populations

The day included a motivational talk with Tyler Haden, a school-wide basketball game between Horton’s Project Unified team and staff, lunch for all students courtesy of the Lions Club and Safe Grad parents, and t-shirts with the Kindness Day logo and slogan, “Be Kind to One Another.”

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