“Murder and Mayhem” was a fun, interactive “whodunit” Wellness Day workshop for MUHS students to help solve using various clues and brainpower. The day's programs were organized by MUHS' Pam Pezzulo.
Photo by Louis Varricchio.
Middlebury Middlebury Union High School’s Wellness Day was such a hit with faculty, staff and students last year that it made an even bigger 2014 return engagement April 9.
2014: Featuring Rob Rivest and Community Vendors
“There was much excitement and enthusiasm from our Middlebury Union High School community, as we looked forward to our fourth Wellness Day, April 9,” according to MUHS’ Pam Pezzulo. “The focus of the day was to inspire and to participate in activities for the body, mind and soul.”
Students began the day with assemblies that featured inspirational speaker Robert Rivest. Rivest, an internationally admired performer and teacher, entertained and educated students with his comic mime as well as health, literacy and stress relief. His school programs also include laughter yoga. Rivest has given over 7,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S. His mission is to use humor and the performing arts to bring wellness, laughter, and joy to individuals and organizations around the world.
As a guest at MUHS, Rivest talked about the power of laughter and the health benefits of humor.
During the middle of the day, the gym was transformed into a Wellness Fair, featuring 33 vendors with displays, demonstrations and activities.
“The afternoon consisted of 43 workshops for students, with in-depth exposure to wellness activities,” Pezzulo noted. “We have received much support from the community in our endeavor to make this day an exciting experience for all.”
Workshops included boardgames, drumming, nail painting, knitting, fly tying, maple sugaring, a reptile display, big band dancing, bird watching—and many other. Health and wellness-related sessions included accupuncture, healthy foods and salads, a session on how the brain works—and many more.