— In the News: Sea Crest kids come clean for good cause

Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on April 19th, 2017.

 

By Sarah Griego Guz.

Sixth-grade students at Sea Crest School were hard at work in their Health and Wellness classes the week before spring break.

Colorful handmade posters announcing the upcoming hygiene drive fanned out across work tables as students concentrated on adding lettering to cardboard boxes.

Hudson Webster hoisted a cardboard box with the words “Hygiene Drive” inscribed across the surface. It was punctuated with smiley faces.

“We are bringing this box to the fourth-grade class for the hygiene drive,” he said. “It’s so they can put all the donated items in there.”

Now in its third year, the hygiene drive offers something good for all involved. The students collecting the donations are flexing their organizational, communications and leadership skills while Coastside Hope benefits by receiving the items collected during the drive.

“A lot of people, when they donate, they donate clothing or food,” said sixth-grade student Carla Roberts. “They forget about hygiene even though it’s necessary for staying healthy, so we’re trying to raise awareness for that.”

The hygiene drive goes hand-in-hand with what the students are learning in class.

“It’s great, because it fits into the curriculum and they are giving back,” said Director of Physical Education Katie Moore. “In class, the students are learning about deodorant and bacteria. We also talk about how in some schools there are kids who are unable to come to school with clean clothes.

“That’s the thing that we talk about here, what’s it like to only have five things, a pair of shoes, a shirt, underwear and have to wear those same things to school every day,” she continued. “Nobody here knows what that’s like, but there are many families in our community that do, and they may not have laundry detergent because they need to use that money for food or to pay a bill.”

Their mission clear, the students were divided into groups and set out to accomplish a laundry list of tasks, including creating an online form so members of the community could sign up to donate specific items.

“You feel like you’re doing something for people,” said Kaylani Guevara. “It just feels good.”

The students are hoping others in the community will donate to the worthy cause.

In addition to soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, they are hoping to collect items such as deodorant, face wash, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, combs, hair brushes, razors, shaving cream, foot powder, lotion, sunblock, Q-tips, tweezers, nail clippers, laundry soap, wash cloths and towels.

The deadline for donations is April 28. For more information email Katie Moore at kmoore@seacrestschool.org.


Health and Wellness

By Katie Moore, Director of Physical Education

Katie MooreThe Sea Crest Health and Wellness learning area focuses on a holistic concept of health. By doing so, we aid students in recognizing the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of their own health. Our program examines the impact of interactions between the individual, the family, the wider community and the environment on the health of populations. Students plan, act and reflect in order to develop the essential knowledge and understandings, attitudes, values and skills which promote health practices, encourage participation in regular, physical activity and support the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. We teach health concepts through an integrated approach to ensure that students achieve a healthy, active lifestyle, including a sense of well-being.

We recognize that improving students’ knowledge about health issues and practices does not guarantee they will lead healthy lifestyles. However, students who are able to identify and develop their own attitudes and values associated with leading a healthy lifestyle are better equipped to make personally and socially responsible decisions. This healthy attitudes toolkit has the potential to enhance the quality of their life as well as the lives of others.

This year students have been assigned to fitness families where they focus on improving each other’s fitness. Each month, the students are tested on planks, push up, sit ups, wall sits, and the mile run. Mondays are known as Fitness Mondays where all activity is geared around improving fitness. On all other days of the week, students have the first fifteen minutes of class for fitness. Each family shares the responsibility to come up with their own workouts. Some of the groups have become very creative in how they are approaching this new part of Health and Wellness. It really is a joy to see all of the students coming together to help one another improve. Not only has this student-agency approach created a new sense of self worth and accountability for each other, it has also rejuvenated the students’ view of fitness.

Health and Wellness Lab is held every Friday and some Tuesdays where we concentrate our time on thematic curriculum for each grade level. This part of our wellness curriculum immerses our student in relevant topics in kinesiology, including nutrition, hygiene, and the brain-body connection. Additionally, this time in lab supports their emotional growth and social competency.
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