UPTON - In a drive to return to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for the fourth consecutive year, the Blackstone Valley Tech SkillsUSA Community Service Team has launched a new public awareness campaign emphasizing the importance of stress reduction and stress management.
The ROOTS (Reaching Our Optimal Tranquil State) public awareness campaign was designed by Health Services junior Olivia Setzer of Douglas, Business Technology junior Mina Dehestani of Millville, and Dental Assisting sophomore Kelley Muanya of Milford. This is Mina’s second year as part of the Community Service team, and she is looking to build off the team’s successful 2016 GOALS campaign (Getting Out And Living Smart) that won a national silver medal.
The team recently brought their ROOTS campaign to the Whitney Place Adult Health Center at Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge. The team presented the individuals in the Adult Health Program with hands-on activities that help relax tension such as Zen garden boxes, Zen tangle drawings, and origami creations.
As in past years, the Community Service Team will expand the scope of its public awareness campaign by distributing literature and making presentations in schools and at events throughout Valley Tech’s 13-town district. The ROOTS campaign will be evaluated by a panel of judges on April 28 at the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Leadership and Skills Conference Championship. A gold medal victory at the state level will qualify the project for the national championship in June in Louisville, Kentucky.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.
BVT SkillsUSA Community Service: The BVT Community Service team recently launched its ROOTS Campaign (Reaching Our Optimal Tranquil State) at the Whitney Place Adult Day Health Center at Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge. Seen here (left to right) junior Business Technology student Mina Dehestani of Millville, Whitney Place Adult Health Center attendee Patricia Bassette of Northbridge, and Health Services junior Olivia Setzer of Douglas with a Zen garden box, one of the tools the team recommends for stress reduction and stress management.