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Teen’s psychological well being undertaking creates highschool dance & motion room – The Morgan Messenger

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Jillian Fortney (proper), a Berkeley Springs Excessive Faculty junior, and different highschool dance group members paint the brand new dance room at the highschool as a part of Fortney’s Woman Scout Gold Award “Shifting for Teen Psychological Well being” undertaking. Photograph by Holli McCumbee

by Kate Evans

Jillian Fortney, Berkeley Springs Excessive Faculty junior, has created a dance and targeted motion room at Berkeley Springs Excessive Faculty for her Woman Scout Gold Award “Shifting for Teen Psychological Well being” undertaking. Fortney can also be spreading details about teen psychological well being and methods for teenagers to deal with anxiousness, stress and despair.

A Woman Scout Gold Award is the equal of a Boy Scout Eagle Scout undertaking. Fortney has been a Woman Scout for 12 years.

Fortney has additionally been a dancer for 11 years and has been taking dance at Berkeley Springs Excessive Faculty with highschool dance instructor Holli McCumbee for 3 years. Fortney and the highschool dance group raised slightly below $8,000 for the dance room by a Shade Stroll at Cacapon State Park this summer season, making and promoting t-shirts and donations from native organizations.

All the cash goes for the dance room—for flooring, paint, bars, mirrors and different dance and motion tools that McCumbee wants, Fortney stated. The Lions Membership is paying for the bars and the mirrors are being put in subsequent week.

The highschool dance group painted the dance room and Fortney, McCumbee, Fortney’s mother, dad and grandmother and Kelly Smith put down the brand new Harlequin vinyl flooring for the dance ground.

Motion as stability

Fortney stated that she has a identified anxiousness dysfunction and that targeted motion and circulate are her greatest shops. She dances, runs for monitor, reads and does Yoga and portray as types of circulate.

Fortney additionally paints individuals’s sneakers as a part of her Instagram small enterprise Joggers by Jillian.

These actions assist Fortney along with her panic assaults and stress ranges and stability her temper, she stated. She all the time feels very calm and comfortable afterwards. Targeted motion is also called circulate and is being fully immersed in your actions and at peace, Fortney stated throughout a presentation to the varsity board about her work on her.

Psychological well being statistics

Highschool college students with psychological well being points are greater than twice as more likely to drop out of faculty.

“Untreated psychological well being problems can disrupt sleep, power ranges, focus, pursuits and might general make it troublesome to operate usually,” Fortney stated.

“Teenagers who’ve higher psychological and emotional well being have higher bodily well being, fewer relationship issues and are much less more likely to abuse substances as adults,” she stated.

Nearly all of psychological well being challenges emerge throughout the teen years, Fortney stated. One in 5 US teenagers between ages 12 and 18 endure from not less than one type of a psychological well being dysfunction. Over 2.5 million youth in America have extreme main despair.

Fortney stated she is enthusiastic about dance and motion.

“I imagine that dance, artwork and motion are for everybody. This room will give so many college students the chance to bounce and transfer in a secure and well-equipped room whereas additionally giving them the instruments to enhance their psychological well being,” Fortney added.

Berkeley Springs Excessive Faculty gives many extracurricular actions that embody dance, choir, band and humanities together with many sports activities and golf equipment. Fortney stated she wished to share along with her friends what had labored for her in coping with her anxiousness and to interrupt down the stigma of psychological well being problems.

dance program

Holli McCumbee is in her 18th 12 months of instructing dance at Berkeley Springs Excessive Faculty. She teaches a number of ranges of dance together with well being and driver’s security training. McCumbee has 42 dance college students this 12 months.

The primary degree class lets college students check out many types of dance resembling jazz, ballet, faucet, ballroom, swing, line dancing, hip hop and modern dance, McCumbee stated.

Increased ranges of dance class let college students pursue impartial research in a style of dance by which they’re .

McCumbee was thrilled when she obtained her personal room for dance and motion instruction final 12 months after sharing a room with wrestling for a few years. She is so appreciative of Fortney’s undertaking. McCumbee stated it should develop their dance division a lot and it’s a dream come true.

McCumbee hopes to rearrange dance courses and motion workshops with neighborhood instructors in Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi and hula hooping. She needs to buy a number of tumbling mats for acrobatics and acro-dance, a brand new dance style.

“Youngsters like it,” McCumbee stated.

Fortney will obtain her Woman Scout Gold Award for her undertaking in a number of weeks after the dance room mirrors are put in and he or she turns in her closing report. Fortney stated she’s excited that dance and psychological well being are being shared all through our neighborhood and can proceed.

Faculty board vp Pete Gordon stated he was grateful for Fortney’s neighborhood service undertaking and her efforts to offer again to the neighborhood. Faculty board member John Rowland stated that Fortney’s teen psychological well being statistics had been compelling.

Fortney is a good function mannequin for college kids, stated Faculty Superintendent Kristen Tuttle.

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