May 12 – 16, 2014: Stress Less, Laugh More at Poe Middle School

This was the first year that Poe Middle School in Annandale, VA ran a Stress Less, Laugh More Week and it was a huge success. JAF provided Laugh More buttons and Benefits of Laughter postcards.

Daily Themes & Activities:


  • During lunch: Graffiti Wall in cafeteria
  • Stress Less, Laugh More and Positive Message posters on walls: students write their own positive message
  • Teachers receive Laugh More buttons to wear all week


  • During lunch: Stress-O-Meter and How Do You Relieve Stress in cafeteria
  • All participating students can enter to win raffle prize – drawing on Thursday
  • Teachers receive smiley face magnet in their mailbox


  • During lunch: Smile Paparazzi taking pictures of students smiling and laughing during lunch
  • Pictures of students printed and posted for viewing on Thursday
  • Funny jokes related to teaching displayed in 6th, 7th and 8th grade workrooms


  • During lunch: Free frozen ice pops and raffle announcement
  • Caught You Smiling Wall: photos of students smiling and laughing on cafeteria walls
  • Teachers receive free ice pop


  • During lunch: Grade Level Picnic with DJ Bob on blacktop
  • Teachers receive stress ball in their mailbox


Thank you so much for supporting our Stress Less, Laugh More event at Poe Middle School.  It was a huge success and the kids enjoyed participating in all of the activities that we did for them.  Teachers/staff are still wearing the buttons that you donated.  We look forward to doing this again next year!!! 

-School Social Worker and School Counselor