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Reese Education Center Embraces Day of Hope: Fostering Mental Wellness and Connection

This year, Reese Education Center embraced the spirit of the Day of Hope by orchestrating a series of uplifting events to nurture the well-being of its students and staff. Reese Counselor Elizabeth Rogers and Elyse Evans, Community in Schools Coordinator, alongside dedicated staff members, started the day by distributing fidget toys and stress balls to foster a sense of comfort and relaxation.

Throughout the day, music filled the halls, providing a dose of positivity into every passing period. However, it was the afternoon's highlight that truly captured the essence of the Day of Hope. Students were treated to a visit from Minis and Friends South Plains, where they had the opportunity to interact with miniature horses, fostering an environment of joy and tranquility.

"I loved seeing our students interact with the horses in a relaxing environment where they felt safe and happy while petting the horse. I saw a lot of students that were smiling," said Rogers.

The significance of shining a light on the Day of Hope cannot be overstated. Events like these serve as important reminders of the importance of fostering a supportive, understanding environment. Rogers remarked, "It is important to shine a light on the Day of Hope because there is a need for an increase in mental health awareness, connectedness, and social-emotional skills in today's school system. Also, it is important for students to see that it is okay to talk about these issues in a safe, non-judgmental environment while participating in different activities."

Reese Education Center extends its heartfelt gratitude to Minis and Friends South Plains for their invaluable contribution to the Day of Hope celebrations. Their dedication to spreading joy and comfort is a beacon of hope in the Lubbock community, and their presence served as a reminder that together, we can create a brighter, more compassionate future.

At Frenship, part of our mission is to educate and develop all students. By embodying the spirit of the Day of Hope each day, we strive to foster a nurturing environment where every individual can thrive, both academically and emotionally.