Hainesport EA is hosting a wellness day for its members

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After more than two very difficult school years for everyone in the education community, the Hainesport Education Association (HEA) of Burlington County hosted a wellness day for its members. Knowing that educators needed a morale boost and the opportunity to recharge, HEA President Karen Kinter brought the idea of ​​a wellness day to the HEA executive committee. They agreed and immediately got to work planning a program.

Scheduled for District Professional Development Day on February 22, the day began with a delicious breakfast followed by a meditation session led by fifth-grade teacher Adam Goldberg. Therapy dogs from a local rescue came to the school as well as masseuses from a wellness center in Moorestown, New Jersey. Moorestown-based comedian Dena Blizzard provided comic relief to all staff. Art teacher Trina Allen led an afternoon watercolor class, and the gym was set up for basketball and volleyball games.

“It felt so good to forget the stress and just laugh,” the third-grade teachers noted.

The professional development day was a success and recharged the Hainesport school staff.

“Morale is low,” fifth-grade teacher Jana Ellis said. “We have gone out of our way to do good for our students during their most difficult time, while currently working under an expired contract.”

Hainesport School hopes to be the leader by incorporating a wellness professional development day routine into the annual calendar of each New Jersey district.

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