Walk for Wellness to take place from Sept. 21 through Sept. 27

Walk for Wellness co-chairs KeriAnne Hohener (left) and Nicki Gilbert display the banner for this year’s event.

The Wellness Center Support Committee is pleased to announce the first annual Walk for Wellness, the largest yearly fundraiser for Piedmont Unified School District’s Wellness Center.

Walk for Wellness will take place September 21-27, and is an inclusive, accessible and socially-distanced event open to the entire Piedmont community. Event co-chairs KeriAnne Hohener and Nicki Gilbert expect that in future years Walk for Wellness will be a fundraiser that will bring the community together in person to celebrate the Wellness Center and advocate for student mental health. 

This year, participants will receive a Walk for Wellness visor and access to eight maps detailing various walks around town. “Families and small groups of friends should complete as many of the suggested walks as possible during the week of September 21,” Gilbert said. “And everyone should post photos from their walks to @piedmontwellness on Instagram!” “We hope to raise much-needed funding for the Wellness Center while increasing awareness of the need for mental health services for our students,” Hohener added.

The PUSD Wellness Center provides confidential, free on-campus and online counseling to all Piedmont High School, Millennium High School and Piedmont Middle School students.

The Wellness Center helps students manage common emotional and social challenges of middle and high school including stress, depression, grief, family or friendship conflicts, and substance use concerns. Approximately one third of high school and one quarter of middle school students receive counseling at the Wellness Center each year. 

The Wellness Center Support Committee is grateful to the nearly 30 Piedmont families who have sponsored Walk for Wellness so far, and to Bay Design & Build, The Cooper Group, Harmless Harvest, Mulberry’s Market, Niantic and Xantrion for their generous corporate sponsorship of Walk for Wellness. 

For event registration and donation information, visit www.piedmontwalkforwellness.org or email piedmontwalkforwellness@gmail.com.

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