PHOENIX – The Phoenix Central School District recently hosted a Community Wellness Fair to promote emotional and mental health.
Nearly three dozen local organizations were on hand to offer information and support to attendees as they gathered inside the Emerson J. Dillon Middle School gymnasium.
Area law enforcement officers, health care representatives and service agencies were a few of the many groups that set up booths at the event.
“We are so grateful to all of the organizations and agencies that participated,” said Kathie Palladino, PCSD’s director of Pupil Personnel and Special Education. “They had a wealth of knowledge to share with everyone who attended. There are so many resources available to our students and community, whether the need is physical or mental health, and this event helped bring those services into the spotlight.”
The evening also featured a keynote speech by Dr. Jodi Ann Mullen, coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program and Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy at SUNY Oswego.
She discussed ways to better connect with children and produce more positive behavior.
“When children feel connected, they behave better,” Mullen said. “Think of children as teachers. I’ve learned a lot about life from kids.”
Following Mullen’s speech, attendees could peruse the information booths or make stress balls with students from the high school’s leadership group.