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  • James Curiale Elementary School
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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We would like to develop a space where students can acquire the tools to cope with stress in their lives. We are teaming with a local Yoga studio, Kaia Yoga of Westport, CT to build a space where students can learn some mindfulness skills. They have not only agreed to staff the room with Yoga instructors but donate the yoga mats for students to use. This C.A.L.M. space would teach students breathing and mindfulness techniques. In addition, it will be an open space where students can attend either as a class or on an as-needed basis. People who are on board will be a mix of teachers, support staff and volunteers. Weighted blankets are proven to help people with stress and anxiety. Students can use the blankets and bean bag chairs to calm down when they need a break from a problem they may be facing. Things such as light filters, mandala coloring books, fidget toys, tapestry, an area rug, motivational word art and a speaker will help improve the room atmosphere. The goal is to have a calm and welcoming space for all students and the environment is so important!

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We would like to develop a space where students can acquire the tools to cope with stress in their lives. We are teaming with a local Yoga studio, Kaia Yoga of Westport, CT to build a space where students can learn some mindfulness skills. They have not only agreed to staff the room with Yoga instructors but donate the yoga mats for students to use. This C.A.L.M. space would teach students breathing and mindfulness techniques. In addition, it will be an open space where students can attend either as a class or on an as-needed basis. People who are on board will be a mix of teachers, support staff and volunteers. Weighted blankets are proven to help people with stress and anxiety. Students can use the blankets and bean bag chairs to calm down when they need a break from a problem they may be facing. Things such as light filters, mandala coloring books, fidget toys, tapestry, an area rug, motivational word art and a speaker will help improve the room atmosphere. The goal is to have a calm and welcoming space for all students and the environment is so important!

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