Community Partners Lend a Hand

Posted by Communications staff on 12/15/2020

stress ball

Thinking about the upcoming Winter Break, Ridgeview Elementary Counselor Joanne Ferris decided to give students a little something to support them through the two-week vacation.

“I wanted them to have something to help them relieve stress, to remind them that it’s OK if things are different, and that they are loved,” she said.

Her plan: stress balls. To help create of 300 of them, Ferris reached out to a community partner, Northside Christian Church. Members developed a sturdy and satisfying stress ball recipe of half cornstarch and half flour, tucked into two balloons. They decorated each with a positive message.

Students learning in person will receive theirs on Friday with a note of encouragement. Stress balls will be delivered to distance learners by Gonzaga student Nick Weiland and Willard assistant secretary Elizabeth Ferris.