Various members of the community, from police and fire personnel to a local orthodontist and several LHS students, were at on Wednesday to help students learn more about healthy behavior and decision making.
The health fair was one of the events held at LMS this week for the annual Wellness Week, which is coordinated by Health and Physical Education Teacher Sheri Weeks. While Wellness Week is now an annual event at LMS, the health fair is held every two years.
"Healthy decisions need to be on the forefront of kids' minds," said Weeks, adding that Wellness Week "was just one of those things I felt we needed to do."
Elsewhere in the LMS gymnasium, school psychologists Kate Gamwell and Karen Murphy were providing students with information on stress management. Vice Principal Adam Federico manned an information table focused on bullying, and School Resource Officer Ray Barnes and Fire Captain Michael Feinberg were joined by other colleagues from the police and fire departments for their own information tables. At another table, Lynnfield Orthodontist Dr. Pushpak Patel had a table with all three of his staff members. There were even three Lynnfield High School students - James Bruce, Ashton Brady and Alexandra Borriello - on hand to answer any questions their younger peers might have had about the transition from middle school.
While the health fair was going on, Weeks also reported that Luke Kimball of Cervizzi's Martial Arts, himself a long-ago student at LMS, was visiting the school's physical education classes that day to provide a martial arts demonstration.
On Friday, the students will hear a presentation from a brain injury survivor and they started Wellness Week with a PTO-funded , which as this photo gallery shows, was also a highlight of Wellness Week 2011.
Other Wellness Week theme days included a crazy sock day on Monday to "sock it to poor choices" and on Wednesday some people intentionally mismatched their clothing as a sign of support for individuality. Perhaps tellingly, this writer didn't notice that anybody was wearing mistmatched clothing until somebody mentioned it.
Also, Friday is awareness day for the students, who will show support by grade for causes like children's diabetes, heart health, and leukemia.