I promised the juniors at Sacred Heart Academy a gift this year: mindfulness instruction. Even I did not know how valuable a gift it would become. Our young women have been given tools and techniques to help them navigate with relative peace and well-being the most challenging year of high school. I am grateful for our partnership with Grow Mindful WNY. Their mindfulness practitioners bring their background in education and social work to the classroom, and the students can see and experience through the demeanor and presence of these practitioners the value and benefit of the practice in every day life. Even more important than my gratitude is the gratitude of the students who have learned the practice and have experienced the benefits of meditation. (Jennifer Demert, Head of School, Sacred Heart Academy)
Mindfulness in high school is like lemonade because it’s refreshing.(Sacred Heart junior)
The practices were doable and realistic. I thought it was well done and informative. I was a little skeptical when I came but left feeling "I need to do this. I can do this". (Teacher, Gowanda Central Schools)
The focus on developing strategies for US, then our students was very helpful. (Teacher, Gowanda Central Schools)
Sincerely enjoyable to learn these mindful(ness) techniques - Can't wait to put it into practice. (Teacher, Buffalo Public School)
Everything was excellent. I have thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to exploring the resources and practicing mindfulness with my students. (Teacher, Buffalo Public School)
This program is an amazing, creative and easy way to teach students how to take time to reflect, calm down, and how to find the calmness themselves to deal with everyday stresses. (2nd grade teacher)
It has given them additional strategies and also gave me more “ideas” or better “language” to use when talking with them about focus and self-management. (parent )
If you are focusing on your breathing it's like an anchor on land because the anchor stays there and you’re concentrating on your breathing. (3rd grader)
My favorite part was when we sent kind thoughts because those thoughts made people happy. (3rd grader)
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