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Many of the students who come through my counseling office are dealing with adult-sized challenges like food and housing insecurity, family separations, foster care involvement, and histories of exposure to trauma, crime, and violence. In young students, this ongoing stress is often expressed through difficult behavior. The good news is, trauma can be transformed. Evidence-based therapeutic games like the Talking, Feeling, and Doing game teach children how to get control over their thoughts, feelings, and actions. The "Stop the Drama" thumb-ball will provide us with an engaging way to start conversations about bullying and relational aggression. The game of Life provides a jumping-off point to discuss how different decisions in life lead to different outcomes. Toltika is a jenga-style game that encourages kids to build their sense of confidence, personal strengths, and self-worth. Finally, Connect 4 is a hands-down student favorite. Last year's Connect 4 got so much use that it wore out! My students love to challenge each other to a game-- the simplicity of it means all ages can play independently and students with lower reading skills can still access it. Meanwhile, they are also learning about taking turns, playing fair, and sportsmanship. I've seen even very shy students get drawn in to engage with this crowd-pleaser. My kids deserve the best resources and opportunities that the world has to offer. If I could fund it all myself, I would! In the meantime, thank you for bringing us that much closer to creating the abundantly resourced school they deserve.

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Many of the students who come through my counseling office are dealing with adult-sized challenges like food and housing insecurity, family separations, foster care involvement, and histories of exposure to trauma, crime, and violence. In young students, this ongoing stress is often expressed through difficult behavior. The good news is, trauma can be transformed. Evidence-based therapeutic games like the Talking, Feeling, and Doing game teach children how to get control over their thoughts, feelings, and actions. The "Stop the Drama" thumb-ball will provide us with an engaging way to start conversations about bullying and relational aggression. The game of Life provides a jumping-off point to discuss how different decisions in life lead to different outcomes. Toltika is a jenga-style game that encourages kids to build their sense of confidence, personal strengths, and self-worth. Finally, Connect 4 is a hands-down student favorite. Last year's Connect 4 got so much use that it wore out! My students love to challenge each other to a game-- the simplicity of it means all ages can play independently and students with lower reading skills can still access it. Meanwhile, they are also learning about taking turns, playing fair, and sportsmanship. I've seen even very shy students get drawn in to engage with this crowd-pleaser. My kids deserve the best resources and opportunities that the world has to offer. If I could fund it all myself, I would! In the meantime, thank you for bringing us that much closer to creating the abundantly resourced school they deserve.

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