Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Hawkwing creates a “new town” and brings therapeutic methods to Cheyenne River

Cherry Creek has a new skyline after the recent construction of “toddler town” near the Cherry Creek Youth Center. On Tuesday, September 24, volunteers gathered to assemble several toddler playhouses and playsets that were graciously donated by the Hawkwing organization. 

In addition to the play area, a pergola was built, creating an open space for families to relax while children play.  

The Hawkwing Health Team also spent time at Takini School with students and parents, teaching therapeutic methods such as yoga and the Tapping Solution, which volunteer Dr. Maria Otner, a school psychologist from Connecticut, taught to help students deal with their emotions. The method was created after the Sandy Hook shooting to assist victims with trauma and depression.

According to the Tapping Solution website, “a powerful holistic healing technique… that combines principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Tapping with the fingertips on specific meridian endpoints of the body, while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations, helps to calm the nervous system, rewire the brain to respond in healthier ways, and restore the body’s balance of energy.”

Students also worked with the volunteers to create a kindness rock garden in the school’s courtyard, which had rocks painted with inspirational messages on them. More messages will be added throughout the school year, said Takini Superintendent Kit Veit. 

Bud and Sophia Condon pose on the “front porch” of a newly-assembled play set, which was donated by the Hawkwing organization for Cherry Creek’s new “toddler town.” PHOTO BY DIANA ALVERIO

Volunteers fence the perimeter for the “Toddler Town” that was created in Cherry Creek. PHOTO BY DIANE ALVERIO

Volunteers and excited children from the community gather to assemble playsets that were donated by the Hawkwing organization. PHOTO BY DIANE ALVERIO

Above and below: The Hawkwing Health Team spend time with students, teaching therapeutic methods such as yoga and the Tapping Solution. PHOTOS BY DIANE ALVERIO