Date(s) - 10/18/19
12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Haddonfield Middle School
Haddonfield Middle School’s Annual Wellness Day will be held on Friday, October 18.
Wellness Day is a district-wide tradition which began twenty-seven years ago as a teacher in-service event. John Toto Sr., an admired Haddonfield middle school guidance counselor, loved the idea so much that he adapted it for our middle school students in the early 2000’s. He made connections within the community and brought in a variety of presenters for our students to interact with and learn from. Over the years, several faculty members have become our favorite speakers. The entire day revolves around the emotional, physical and social well-being of our students and teachers. In the past, featured programs have included: multi-media presentations, yoga, Zumba, animal welfare, juicing, and karate/martial arts. Wellness Day continues to be a student and faculty favorite.
When Mr. Toto passed away in 2013, we mourned the loss deeply and vowed to continue Wellness Day.
With giant shoes to fill, HMS world language teacher Sharon Verdeur immediately volunteered to spearhead Wellness Day activities. Now it’s a team effort. With the help of the administration, faculty, PTA and parents, Wellness Day continues to evolve with new programs being added each year.
Wellness Day remains an effective and fun way to share information about healthy eating, physical activity, emotional health and community resources. This year, we will incorporate the school district’s Social-Emotional Goal which highlights the importance of nurturing the well-being of our students.
Our Parent organizer for the last two years has been Jessica Kovach, MD, who is the Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University. Resident physicians from Temple will conduct age-appropriate discussions about anxiety, depression and mental illness. Dr. Kovach has also invited members of the CHOP Eating Disorders Team to speak with students to discuss the resources available to them.
At the end of the day, we will welcome Harlem Globetrotters Star Speedy Artis. He will present the Globetrotters’ “T.E.A.M. Up at School,” a bullying-prevention initiative.
HMS teachers, staff and parents are working hard and are dedicated to making this year’s Wellness Day an experience that will foster the overall wellbeing of our students.