Letter of thanks: Sixth Grade Health Fair
To the Editor:
We cannot thank all of the gracious volunteers enough for donating their time to expand our knowledge of good health and safety at the Sixth Grade Health Fair. Not only was this an educational event, but it was also fun.
One of the organizations that put smiles on our faces was Mountain Park Electric. They put on an electrifying demonstration that showed us the consequences of unsafe behaviors around power lines. This show involved the community workers connecting with the sixth grade and Indian Peaks Charter School students by demonstrating the power of electricity using a watermelon manikin.
At the health fair, there was a group that has helped improve our community relationships. This organization, Advocates, helps inform us about healthy friendships and how to prevent abusive ones. Students participated in a team building exercise to keep balloons in the air. We learned about the four types of bullying: physical, verbal, social, and cyber.
There was a mini yoga class, taught by Margaret Strom from Mountain Moon Yoga, that calmed us students by doing the Sun Salutation, a yoga routine. We learned that yoga originated from India and has been around for over 5,000 years.
More of our thanks goes to the Public Health organization. Here, we learned how to keep our weight in balance and choose healthy foods.
Another huge thanks to the Forest Service for putting on, “Hiking Essentials.” At this station we learned that items can have more than just the obvious use. The forest service officer really interacted with the students and helped the community by promoting hiking safely.
The Granby Police were also part of this event and warned us about the consequences of doing drugs and drinking alcohol.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) took part in the Health Fair, too. Here we learned how to stop bleeding and got to try it by using direct pressure and gauze. We also learned the EMTs’ process in the ambulance and what tools they used.
A large thanks to the Granby Fire Department for their station at the health fair. This station focused on reverse 911, the warning for a fire. We learned about the tools that the firefighters use and what essentials would go first in the case of a fire.
There was a very fun station provided by the Granby Rec District where we had the chance to experience the life of being overweight and how it affects our physical exercise.
Another thanks to Dane Ruttenberg for putting on the team-building station.
Mr. Steve Penrose helped us with a crossfit workout. This station was about staying fit and functional fitness, (crossfit). . We learned that staying physically fit is very important.
Thanks to everybody who volunteered their time and expertise.
AnnaLiese Jensen and Sage Michel
6th grade, East Grand Middle School Students
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