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SMHS SHS Stress Reliver

The SMHS Spanish Honor Society will create a “Stress Free Zone” for students on Saturday (April 14th) before they head into upcoming finials and AP exams.

The student-organized event, which is called “Alivio al estres” or “Stress Reliever”, starts at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m. on the Saint campus. The students applied for and received a $2,990 grant from The Fund of Santa Barbara to make the day a reality.

The activities kick off with hot drinks and Mexican bread and then speaker Christy Morse from the Santa Barbara Wellness Center. Morse will focus on mental health and ways to relieve stress.

A boot camp is scheduled next and will be led by Bodytech fitness trainers. After that, students will participate in a variety of activities including: Slime, clay sculptures, inspirational canvas art, chalk drawing, sports, and pot painting. In the sports section, students will be active in games such as dodgeball, soccer and catch the bacon.

SHS Club Advisor and Spanish Teacher Mireya Luna-Covarrubias said they have 45 motivated members who have been working hard on the project and even gave up some of their Spring Break to bring awareness to the importance of mental health.

“I have experienced the whole high school stress in different forms and levels throughout my almost four years here. I am happy to lead this project because I know what stress can do to young minds and want to help minimize this issue. I truly hope this becomes a tradition for our school and others because many students will enjoy this and will take home a better view on how to handle stress and life overall. So far, we are glad we’ve received nothing but excitement and positivity from students towards this project.” - Aneth J Tiburico

“As high school students, we teens deal with so much such as homework, AP classes, extracurricular activities, problems at home and maybe even a job. All of this is overwhelming for us teens and can affect us in many ways, good or bad. Spanish Honors Society has planned the Stress Relieving Event in hopes to teach teens different ways to cope with stress in their daily lives. Planning this event has not been easy but we know the results will be worth it at the end.”
-Gloria Lazaro Dominguez

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