Annual Wellness Fair Friday at MCS
Margaretville Central School will host its Fourth Annual Wellness Fair on Friday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at MCS. A variety of organizations will be on hand to present demonstrations relating to all aspects of wellness to both students and members of the outside community. Door prizes will also be given out.
“We’re trying to deal not only with the physical, but with the mental and social well-being as well,” said event co-organizers Carol Norwick and Tracy Reither.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension, an outreach system of Cornell University, will be making smoothies and will collaborate with a few Margaretville classes while the Margaretville Hospital will present a demonstration on sugar, utilizing sugar tubes to show students how much sugar is in soda beverages and other common snacks.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will also present information on bicycle safety and helmets, while Cooperstown-based Clark Sports Center will do informational sessions on rock climbing.
Also invited are the Arthritis Foundation, the Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Council, Belleayre Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA, The Catskill Center, and the Catskill Watershed Corp- oration.
There is a 9:30 a.m. salsa dancing demonstration scheduled with Jacinto Jorge, as well as a presentation about acupuncture by Phoenicia-based acupuncturist Julia Rose. In addition, garden club leader Lucci Kelly will present information on planting vegetable gardens and window boxes.
And, of course, a number of Margaretville Central School classes will host their own informational tables. Sixth-grade health students will present information on self-esteem while seventh-graders will host an informative display about energy drinks. High school health students will address the issues of leadership and communication.
“We’d really like to see the community step in and check it out to see what we have,” Reither said. “It’s not just focused on the physical; it’s the overall well-being.”
The Wellness Fair will be followed by the Third Annual MCS Wellness Walk/Run at 1:30 p.m. Students in grades kindergarten through six will run from the front of the school up to the traffic light on Main Street and back, while high school students will do a 3K loop around town.
“The community really loved seeing the kids coming through,” Reither said of past years’ runs, adding that community members are welcome to cheer on participants. “If they finish it, whether they walk it or run it, they’ve accomplished a goal.”