As the world slowly made the transition from COVID and masks, and students from virtual to in-person learning, the effects and remnants of the phenomenon still lingered. A Winton Woods High School junior Tia Griggs saw how the stress of school life affected those around her. This motivated her to find solutions which lead to her learning about insomnia and yoga. Through a high school organization and health awareness program CRUSH (Corps for Rural and Urban Success in Health) that focuses on the health and wellness of Winton Woods students and community, Griggs created a PowerPoint presentation for her peers to bring awareness to mental and physical health. “The idea came during a time when we were all stressed about academic tests as well as COVID tests and were also still dealing with everything that happened from 2020. We wanted to do something that could help others,” said Griggs. In August of 2021, she heard about the organization from high school guidance counselor Kim Goins who encouraged her and some friends to build community and by getting involved. “In the beginning, I did not know it was about health, I just wanted to do something with my friends,” said Griggs. The high school group meets every Wednesday and partners with Americorp to discuss ways to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.
Encouraged by her two mentors from Americorp Sierre Roundtree and Russia Edwards, Griggs wrote a grant to John Carroll University that was approved. For her presentation, she was provided with yoga mats, water bottles, t-shirts, and lanyards from the grant for those who attended her presentation and participated in a brief yoga session led by Edwards. CRUSH sponsor Kim Goins said the students in the program are committed to finding ways to help the community and hope students will take what they have learned and share it with family and friends. “Tia pursued this herself and I am very proud of her.” There was a limited amount of students that could attend that filled up completely. Griggs was really encouraged by the amount of feedback she received and the impact it made. She hopes to do more of these on a bigger scale during her senior year. Please look out for Tia Griggs as a featured educational guest on Waycross Media. Her Warrior Pride is exuberant.