Ends Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 9:00 PM
Total Donation Goal $1,062 $10.00 Funded
This campaign still needs $1,052.70 within 30 minutes!
About this Campaign
For many students, school and life can feel overwhelming and stressful. Academic challenges and social pressure can cause anxiety for some students, making learning an extra challenge. In order to cope with these stressors, many students benefit from having a calming space to retreat to for a break. In this calm space they can engage in relaxation activities so they can regain their energy and focus, and return to class ready to learn. Research shows that when students are able to practice mindfulness and relaxation strategies they are able to improve their executive functioning skills, boost academic and behavioral outcomes, and manage their stress, which promotes overall wellbeing. (https://calmclassroom.com/pages/research)
At Hollydale Elementary, we are working to create our own calming space for students, the Zen Den. In the Zen Den, students will positively engage with a staff member, who will help them choose the right activity in order to help the student relax and re-regulate. We hope to provide a variety of choices, in order to meet students' individual needs. Students might choose to walk a sensory path, allowing their bodies to move and wiggle, or to work their minds in a new way doing a puzzle or maze, or play a cooperative game with a staff member. The space will also be used for students who need a quiet space to do their classwork. All with the purpose of helping students feel empowered and energized to return to their classroom, ready to learn.
We are seeking funding to outfit our room with comfy seating options, sensory path stickers, brain games, lamps for calm lighting, and sensory activities.