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District 833's students and community attend Health and Wellness night

Kat Perkins sings with students

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, teens and parents from around the district attended the Health and Wellness Night at Park High School. The evening featured Kat Perkins, semi-finalist on NBC’s The Voice, who shared her inspirational message of showing up, being yourself and overcoming fear and insecurities.

During her keynote, Perkins shared some of her life experiences and how they got her to where she is today. She spoke about overcoming a cyst on her left vocal cord that could have ended her music career, the experience of being on The Voice and how she overcame fear and anxiety. Perkins told students to work hard, be dedicated and “let yourself be you, so you can be proud.”

A group of 27 middle and high school choir students then joined Perkins on stage to help her sing her popular song “Fearless.” These students rehearsed with Perkins earlier in the evening. She concluded her speech asking those in attendance to consider “What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid” and encouraged them to take steps to be brave, dream it and do it.

“Kat’s message resonated with both students and adults. Her music, including the sing-along with students, was powerful,” said Gretchen Carlson, Adult Enrichment and Continuing Education Coordinator in District 833 who helped coordinate the event. “Our goal was to bring together the community to provide local mental health resources and an evening of inspiration.”

This event was open to the public at no cost, thanks to grants from the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment and the Mark A. Pursley (MAP) Foundation. The Park High School Spanish Club also set up a coffee house and provided free beverages to all who attended.

Breakout sessions included Parenting Teens in Today's World by Mike Huntley with the Youth Service Bureau, The Daring Way by Dr. Carli Kody and a teen session on managing stress by Chrissy Mignogna. Area mental health organizations were on hand to provide helpful resources.