All Kinds of News for April 05, 2022
Windsor, NH; (4/1/22) Wediko recently completed a major renovation of its ; gym facilities, thanks to a generous donation from an alumni family. The gym, originally built in 2001, received a new floor and ceiling-suspended retractable basketball hoops for the full-sized basketball court. Hanging divider curtains were also added, along with floor markings for multiple sports, new wall paddings, wall panel replacements, and fresh paint.
Physical activity is an important part of Wediko's program, helping children cope with and manage challenges while developing healthy habits and having fun. "We know that physical activity correlates to wellness for kids who struggle with mental health, so the newly renovated gym is an important resource. It is an invaluable treatment tool for our kids,” said Greg Stoddard, Wediko School Director. “Physical activity for our kids is about more than playing games; it is therapy for them. It’s a dream come true to have this space for our kids."
The gym facilities at Wediko are a common space where students participate in group games such as four square, badminton, ping-pong, and experience the opportunity to play group sports, like basketball. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wediko School participated in a local basketball league (the Wediko Stars were undefeated in the 2019 season!), giving the students an opportunity to practice teamwork, communication, commitment, and pride in their school community.
The Wediko gym also functions as a community gathering space, not only for Wediko events like Graduation and Awards Day, but also for the greater Windsor, NH community. As one of the largest indoor spaces in the small town, Wediko was pleased to host Windsor’s annual Town Meeting, allowing for greater social distancing than was possible in the local Town Hall.
“We are grateful to our alumni family for their continued support of the Wediko community. Their generosity is giving a new generation of Wediko students opportunities to be their best selves,” added Stoddard.
About The Wediko School;
The Wediko School is a residential treatment center offering therapeutic and educational services for middle- and high-school-aged boys experiencing significant social-emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges. A program of The Home for Little Wanderers, The Wediko School's social workers, psychologists, and special education teachers guide students through an intensive milieu of academics and therapy. For more information, visit thewedikoschool.org.