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Campus reflects on health and wellness during annual “Because I Care Week”

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Dr. Alaa Murabit facilitates a discussion with students during a whole school assembly.

Dr. Alaa Murabit facilitates a discussion with students during a whole school assembly.

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Dr. Alaa Murabit facilitates a discussion with students during a whole school assembly.

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While NDB is certainly a special place, it is not every day that girls arrive at school and find a positive message handwritten on a sticky note posted on their lockers. This was just one of the many unique things that was done for NDB’s version of Suicide Prevention Week.

Both the Hallmarks in Action and Health and Wellness boards put on “Because I Care Week” from September 10 to 14. To show students how much they are loved and cared for, the boards planned a variety of activities throughout the week, some taking place during lunch and others throughout the school day.

Students came on Monday to find the notes on their lockers with encouraging and inspiring messages to set the tone for the week.

On Wednesday, Dr. Alaa Murabit, a women’s right activist who has worked for the United Nations, gave an inspiring and motivating speech during a special assembly. She discussed items such as social media, self-confidence, talking with those that have contrasting views from one’s own, and other issues that young women face in high school.

On Thursday, students gathered with the school community to celebrate the traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit. During the Mass, there was a guided meditation to help center students and continue the themes of the week. During lunch that same day, students had the opportunity to make lip scrubs and write notes for friends to show them that they are cared for. Also, students with birthdays during the summer and winter breaks were treated with cookies in Student Leadership.

On Friday during lunch, Coach Kate Mahoney led a yoga exercise in the Innovation Lab.

On Wednesday and Thursday after school, students went to the beach in Half Moon Bay for a silent retreat where they relaxed and listened to the waves and enjoyed being next to the ocean.

Morning prayers throughout the week were themed to empower those struggling and further the theme of community and love.

From yoga to meditation to art, there was something everyone could do to unwind this week. Even better, the effects of the activities will continue throughout the year as these events helped girls learn about ways in which they could de-stress and stay positive throughout the semester.

While “Because I Care Week” was only five days, students are loved and can prioritize self-care all year round.

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Campus reflects on health and wellness during annual “Because I Care Week”