Careers students help community get healthy

Careers students help community get healthy

Students at the Center for Career Services helped to celebrate National Wellness Week with their participation in the White Plains Family Fun Wellness Festival on Sept. 14.

Tibbits Park in downtown White Plains was transformed into a health center as local fitness groups, hospitals and health-related businesses gathered to share their expertise and inspire guests to think about their health.

Students from the center offered a healthy food option and a reminder about the importance of self-care. They also used their skills to create a video of the event for the events’ host.

The Culinary Arts program offered an Asian Noodle Salad. Those in Cosmetology provided manicures, facials, face painting and temporary tattoos for children. Both proved to be quite popular as children lined up to get a colorful decorative accessory and several adults complimented the food.

One satisfied guest compared the salad to a disappointing meal she had the night before. “This was so much better,” she told Chef Peter Tomaskovic.

Away from the booth, students in the Sound Production class as well as Television Production filmed and recorded the event.

Sean Harty, who teaches Sound Production, worked closely with Michael May, the new Television Production teacher. Together with several of their students, they visited each booth at the fair to interview the proprietor in order to create a video of the event.

There were also students from the Commercial Art program who captured the day in still photographs.

Culinary student Victor Silva, a senior from White Plains High School, said these types of events are fun since he is a people person. He spent the day cutting vegetables, serving the salad and chatting with guests. Initially, he said, he came to the center to study Security, Law and Policing but changed to the culinary program because he enjoys cooking so much. He still intends to be a police officer one day.

For Cosmetology student Isabella Masucci, a senior at Valhalla High School, she has always loved the salon environment. As a child, she said, she would go with her mother when she had a salon appointment and would help sweep the floors. She had never heard of BOCES until her guidance counselor spoke to her about it. She opted to take classes in order to earn a certificate in cosmetology.

“It’s always a good thing to have if you want to go into the profession,” she said.

As she painted rainbows, unicorns and other fanciful designs on the cheeks of her young clients at the fair, Isabella said she loves to help people and make them happy.

“You get to see that joy,” she said.

Students Jordan Dawkins and Adam Pascual, both seniors at Woodlands High School, were in the center of it all, literally standing on the event stage that hosted dance demonstrations, a Zumba class and more. Together they were working on recording all of the activity that took place there.

Jordan was behind the camera, and Adam was responsible for recording the sound.

“It’s fun,” Jordan said of putting the skills she’s learned to use.

“It’s fun for me to be working with new people,” added Adam.

Helena Marescot, who helps organize the fair for the White Plains Youth Bureau, said Southern Westchester BOCES has been a part of the event for past five years. As a center for learning they represent  intellectual wellness and the importance of self-care with the healthy food provided by the culinary program and cosmetology inspiring guests to take time to look good to feel good.

“Wellness comes in many different ways,” Ms. Marescot said.