The Spartans PAUSE program at Mountain View High School features a week of activities aimed at helping students de-stress before finals. Before the recent holiday break, the school promoted a different theme each day of the biannual wellness week.
During the week, parent volunteers arrived on campus early each morning to greet students and pass out nutritious snacks as they headed to class. At lunch, students participated in a variety of stress-relieving activities.
On the first day, music, bubbles and wellness activities led by the YMCA and games such as giant Jenga and KanJam reminded students to take time to play.
On day two, a trail mix bar, a cookie decorating station and the breakout session “Healthy Habits, Healthy Life” encouraged students to eat nutritious foods during finals.
On the third day, students interacted with a variety of therapy dogs from Furry Friends and the Delta Society. They also worked on mini-service projects, including making holiday cards for North Bay fire victims and hand-tied lap pillows for Hope’s Corner, a local source of free meals for the homeless and those in need. The activities and the breakout session “Creative Ways to Relax and Recharge” emphasized the importance of taking time to help others.
The fourth day included an outdoor performance by the school’s jazz band; a place to create a mini succulent garden, with donated pots and soil from the community; visits with goats, rabbits and chickens from Animal Assisted Happiness; chair massages from Altos Mobile Massage; and make-your-own de-stress balls. The activities, along with the breakout session “Mindfulness and Meditation,” were designed to urge students to take time to relax.
The final day involved a drum circle, an inclusive activity where students could drop in and create music together. Friendship bracelets and the breakout session “Talk One-on-One with a Trained Listener (No Judgment, Advice)” were meant for students to take time to connect.
Assistant Principal William Blair expressed gratitude to the PTSA for hosting Spartans PAUSE.
“The MVHS administration is super grateful to the PTSA for providing this space to our students,” he said. “All of the leading research demonstrates that as we help our students socio-emotionally, we are able to better support them in reaching their academic potential. The positive energy and community created through Spartans PAUSE will have a lasting impact on the climate of our campus.”
Laura Norris, Spartans PAUSE co-chairwoman, contributed to this report.