Mel Forkner Lesher
Marisa Vicere Brown
A Big Thank You:
The Park Forest Middle School Team:
The Park Forest Middle School Stomper was made possible through the generous support of Park Forest Middle School and our partners.
Special Thanks To:
Pam Monk, Playwrit and Journalist
Dr. Peter Montminy, Pyschologist
Dr. Dave Yukelson, PSU
Kindrah Kohne, PSU soccer
Laura Gebhart, PSU Field Hockey
Holly Torbic, Tides
Belle and Fancy, support dogs
Erin Cramer, Art Therapist
Michaela Herr, Art Therapist
Deep Breathing Exercise
Some other tools to help you relax include deep breathing, meditation, and yoga. These activities can help begin to open your mind, body and spirit and create a sense of calmness.
Healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety?
What causes us stress?
What is Stress?
Stress is any change, positive or negative, to which we must adapt. It is a natural part of everyone's life, but we must figure out ways to help us relax and regain focus to remain healthy.
We all deal with stress in different ways. Sometimes we feel angry, frustrated or overwhelmed, other times the stress motivates us to do better.
We learned that our reactions often depends on our past experiences and our perceptions of the event. By focusing on what we can control, we can help reduce the unhealthy feelings toward stress and anxiety.
Students of Park Forest Middle School came together to discuss issues around stress and anxiety, healthy vs. unhealthy ways to cope, and ways we can support one another through life.
Messages of hope and encouragement were written on parts of the sneakers to help remind people how important they are and how we are all in this together.
The pictures to the left provide a look at some of our speakers, activities and decorated pieces. Students participated in the "Marshmallow Challenge." learned about creative writing, performance anxiety, art as a form of healing and relaxation, yoga, and even had visits from Tides and support dogs Belle and Fancy.
The Take Flight Stomper and it's story was unveiled on April 21st during a health fair at Park Forest Middle School.
Created by Park Forest Middle School Students in collaboration with Mel Forkner Lesher, Mark Pilato, Chris Bittner, Nancy Vicere and Marisa Vicere
“Let your dreams and life take flight, but remain grounded and remember where you came from” - 7th grade student
Everyone, no matter age or background, faces stress on a daily basis and while not all is negative, it is important to learn healthy ways to cope.
Throughout a two week residency with over 130 Park Forest Middle School students, we learned new methods to cope with stress and anxiety.
The Stomper was named “Take Flight” to remind us how these new techniques lift a burden off us and allows us to “fly” after our dreams. We are also reminded that we are grounded by the sneakers. It is important to remember where we came from and who we are.
- “Take Flight” was created by 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Park Forest Middle School with the generous support of their administration, teachers, and counselors.
Take Flight was entered into the Art Alliance Recycled Art Show on
April 11, 2015 and won "The Skye's The Limit Youth Award."
Congratulations Park Forest Middle School!