All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community rang in the new year with several holiday festivities this past month, bringing together EDGE staff, students and alumni. Whether celebrating traditions old or new, the community reveled in the spirit of the season and spread holiday cheer to others as well.
The program kicked off a new tradition with its first annual Holiday Potluck to celebrate its students’ successes over the past fall. Students and EDGE Team Members signed up for specific food categories such as appetizers, entrees and desserts. They worked with EDGE Operations Lead Dorian Hawkins and EDGE Dietitian and Personal Trainer Jennifer Ventrelle, MS, RDN, CPT, to plan or create their dishes. The result was everything savory and sweet from tomato and mozzarella salad, tabbouleh, and stuffed mushrooms to brownies, fruit platters and cake.
After eating, everyone shared laughs while playing fun and interactive group games, including one that involved unraveling presents covered in saran wrap while wearing oven mitts. The EDGE Coaching Team also provided additional small gifts and awards for all students throughout the night. To wrap up, students helped clean and took photos next to the EDGE Christmas tree, including two EDGE Alumni who also joined the potluck.
"I love the community and culture built at EDGE and had a great time getting to know others better,” said one EDGE Alumnus. “I haven't laughed this hard in a long time."
The fun didn’t stop at the potluck, though. Students recently enjoyed an outing to the Maggie Daley Ice Skating Ribbon. The Ribbon is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and provides an untraditional ice skating experience. It winds through a rolling landscape, and individuals can skate while enjoying the city’s beautiful skyline. Two EDGE Students had never ice skated before and loved gliding through The Ribbon, and several others have since gone back and look forward to using the space throughout the winter.
For the second year in a row, EDGE students also participated in an activity that involved decorating and donating ornaments to A Safe Place, a domestic violence shelter. Guided by EDGE Collaborator and Art Instructor Vickie Marasco, students painted festive images on ornaments, choosing the designs themselves after deciding what would best help mothers and children at A Safe Place get in the holiday spirit. EDGE was grateful for the opportunity to give back to a local organization that provides such crucial community support.
As always, EDGE plans all of its activities using the seven dimensions of wellness; the program designed this year’s holiday festivities keeping the physical, social and spiritual dimensions particularly in mind.
With these festive activities, EDGE helps its students recognize that giving and spending quality time with others is not only an essential part of the holiday season, but also are acts that are important to prioritize all year round.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.