Recently, the we were invited to the NJ School Board Association convention in Atlantic City. As one of the the only student booths, we were excited to offer student voice to the administrators, educators, and specialists from all over New Jersey.
In the beginning, we were having trouble attracting people to our booth, to our distress. Trying out a new strategy, we taped QR codes to the back of our shirts to become walking advertisements. As silly as this seemed, it worked. Soon, more and more people came to do yoga, meditate, color, journal, and have a fun time, in turn attracting more visitors through word of mouth. By the end of the day, nobody could talk because our throats were so sore!
We met hundreds of new, supportive faces, including Dr. Repollet, the Commissioner of Education for NJ. Since we often face push-back in our community, it was a welcome relief to see so many people who are as invested in the mental health of students and teachers as our group.
We hope we can present again next year!