Grand Avenue Gets In a Mindful Mood

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Grand Avenue Middle School has been piloting mindfulness and relaxation sessions for students on a voluntary basis throughout the school day.

“During these sessions, the students practice relaxation methods to assist in the reduction of stressful thoughts and feelings,” explained organizer Dr. Maura Kempton, chairperson of special education at Grand Avenue. 

Weekly sessions are being held during the final 20 minutes of lunch periods. The program will continue indefinitely. 

“The response to the program has been very positive and attendance has been strong,” said organizer and school psychologist Dr. Marla Bayles. “Middle school is a stressful time and the students really benefit from taking a break to focus on their physical and mental well-being.”