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Students lend a helping hand during Care Week

students serving Italian sodas

students making Italian sodasLakewood High School’s annual Care Week in April was especially welcome this year, with opportunities to practice relaxing and fun activities. The week focuses on spreading awareness about the importance of mental health with opportunities to learn, teach and practice healthy coping skills during lunch.

Family Health and Independent Living students made Italian sodas during class and served them during lunches. They also ran a Care Booth where students could spin the wheel to practice relaxing and fun activities. Other activities included a scavenger hunt, an “I Am Grateful” wall, color therapy, positive affirmation, a temporary tattoo station and a chance to win prizes.

Students who help with the event benefit too, since serving others is good for mental health, said teacher Crystal Henderson.

“Care Week helps break down barriers and build community,” said Henderson. “This event attracts students from all walks of life, including students who often feel marginalized, struggle with mental health issues, and social anxiety.”