December 10, 2018
By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources
WALNUT, CA—As they say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
But, for many students that “magical” feeling will surely begin right after finals week later this month.
Walnut High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) is hosting two full weeks of stress busting activities as teens prepare for their upcoming exams.
“We’re so focused in class right now, we wanted to offer something fun during lunch to take our minds off it,” said senior ASB president senior Kaitlin Day.
The fourth annual event, held December 3-14, will feature chalk art, yoga, therapy puppies, nap time, hot cocoa, and more.
The interactive DYI activities also include making gooey slime and cookie decorating.
“The cookie decorating on Friday was a big hit,” Day said.
“The cookies and frosting went really fast!”
ASB/Athletics secretary Ave Tauvao will lead two popular offerings this year: Zumba and line dancing.
On December 10, she took to the amphitheater stage, along with history teacher Justin Panlilio, for 20 minutes of tension relief, cardio, and fun.
“Getting up on the stage is not the easiest, but just thinking of how it will help them totally pumps me up,” Tauvao said.
“I love these kids!”
She guided students through the steps to the popular Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, and Wobble dances.
“Come out and have fun and relieve some stress with friends!” said ASB advisor Andy Shultz inviting students to join the activity.
“It is great seeing the kids laughing and not thinking about school for a while,” he said after the event.
Panlilio will bring some Zen to students as he leads a yoga session during lunch on December 11.
“This is just a great way to relax after having their noses in books getting ready for finals,” he said.
This year, students are taking participation “selfie” photos and posting on social media to enter a drawing for Travis Scott concert tickets.
“We hoped it would get more people involved and it’s working!” Day added.
Lightening up with stress relief activities. Walnut High students join a lunchtime line dancing class on December 10.