"Wow, my headache went away after we did that breathing" says a 10th grader after class with ResilientKids last week. Imagine how different her school day is now that she feels well, and how empowering it is to have this tool whenever needed?!
These are the types of responses we have been getting to our work, and it's only September! Our 16 instructors are out in over 70 classrooms all over Rhode Island reaching about 2,500 students each week to integrate tools for stress-reduction, emotional balance, and compassion into the school day. These simple practices are facilitating learning readiness, while reducing school violence and behavior referrals to the office, which means kids are in their seats learning!
Thank you for joining us on this journey to resilience as we work in partnership to create a self-sustaining culture of fortitude for school, career, and life. We envision a community where all people live lives of strength, purpose, and compassion.
In this season of transitions, we wish you much resilience.
With gratitude,- Vanessa
At Carl Lauro Elementary School in Providence, RI, the Principal reports an 86% reduction in school violence, and she attributes that to their work with ResilientKids, facilitating mindfulness with students and teachers! By reducing stress, students and teachers both are less likely to lash out, contributing to a more learning-ready environment where each can better focus on the rich pedagogy in the school.
These skills are even being utilized outside of school. One student reported, "In football, I used to walk off the field when I was mad, but now I take deep breaths and stay in the game".
Please help us continue to spread these encouraging results by supporting the expansion of stress reduction though mindfulness at Carl Lauro Elementary.
An instructor shared a story with us the other day of a kindergarten boy who tried to protect his mom with a small stick when witnessing her being beaten by the boyfriend who entered the house in violation of the restraining order.
Our instructor's response was, "I can't fix the violent boyfriend. I can't help the mother make better choices. I can't solve the gang or gun problem. What I CAN DO, thanks to ResilientKids, is offer a proven way to manage these stresses, interrupt the cycle of violence, and be a model for a different way of being in the world."
You, too, can help by helping us expand our reach in urban schools who need us most. The students we've worked with this year are showing a 23% reduction in stress, and a 30% or more reduction in behavior referrals!
Let's keep kids in their seats, ready to learn, and building compassion and empathy as they grow to become our future leaders.
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