South Orangetown Central School District

Tappan Zee High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society is hosting a variety of heart healthy events this week as part of their RED OUT Week in partnership with the American Heart Association! With the goal to raise awareness and fundings, honor society members planned a week of engaging, interactive activities for students to participate in during their lunch periods.

The officers, all seniors, became involved with the honor society last year, working with honor society advisor and TZHS Choral Director, Russell Wagoner, DMA. The group experienced an influx of new members this year, primarily upperclassmen interested in getting involved in music performances and community service.

By merging music with health and wellness, Tri-M officers aim to help students make the connection between heart health and music. “Music is all about physical activity and being successful in it requires being heart healthy and active,” says Tri-M Vice President Delyth Phillips (pictured with President Tobias Stone). “We hope that with today’s Ditch Vaping Day, we can encourage students to become involved in music, mindful of their health and stray from the societal norm of vaping.”

Monday’s event was led by TZHS School Prevention Counselor Ponnu Varghese-John, who discussed mindful meditation and how it can be useful to re-focus or to re-center. Tuesday’s event was “Water Bottle Whimsies”; Tri-M members played an array of games in the cafeteria courtyard to encourage students to stay hydrated. On Wednesday, student members of the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps led instruction on hands-only CPR. Today was Ditch Vaping Day, which focused on distributing information to encourage students who are vaping to stop.

RED OUT Week culminates in tomorrow’s “GET PHYSICAL” challenge day. Tri-M members will host a dance challenge in the auditorium to demonstrate popular dances from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance.”

Tri-M officers with Ditch Vaping flyers