Johnson Center Opens with a Wellness Festival

The K-12 Hackley community returning to campus from Winter Break on Monday, January 8 were greeted with a great surprise: gathering for a ribbon cutting in the brand new Walter C. Johnson Center for Health and Wellness, students learned that they would not be going back to regular classes for the day, but would instead spend the entire day enjoying a wide array of special activities surrounding the theme of “health and wellness.”
“Wellness” applies to five categories of human life: physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual. The faculty committee planning the day sought to include experiences that would feed into as many of these as possible. Students sampled healthy snacks and tried their hands at cooking. They tried yoga, martial arts, global dance, and meditation. They challenged their bodies and minds with circus arts and puzzles, explored creative expression through art, and so much more. Above all – they laughed, smiled, took risks, enjoyed the company of friends – and fulfilled so many of the aspirations that inspired creation of The Johnson Center!

By day two, students already found their way toward active use the Johnson Center’s community gathering spaces – notably “The Nest” – a community space aptly named by students, since a “nest” is what “hornets” call home. We look forward to all the ways The Johnson Center for Health and Wellness will enrich our lives in the months and years to come!