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Staff members at the district are participating in an eight-week course on the practice of mindfulness in preparation of a new program that will be offered to students at the middle and high schools in the fall.
The program, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is designed to reduce stress levels and promote the importance of controlling emotions and remaining on task. To prepare for the program’s rollout, the school psychologist, social workers, guidance counselors and administrators are learning the benefits of mindfulness in sessions at the middle school led by Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher Virginia Blum. The initiative supports the district’s goal to promote peace as one of the tenets of its ongoing character education.