This week, Steven and Finlay and I had the pleasure of meeting Summer McKinnon, the Assistant Principal at Joslin. We were connected by James Buttler, AISD’s Mindfulness Specialist who works with the Social And Emotional Learning (SEL) team to help students cope with other aspects that may affect learning. SEL is a “process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness,” so because AISD is a recognized leader in urban education this aspect of taking care to develop the whole child is of utmost importance.
As you may know, Eastside Yoga has partnered with AISD to help provide support for schools who are trying to start a mindulfness program for their students and staff. You may have even donated a cushion, yoga mat or some volunteer hours in the last six months as we helped bring yoga props and decor to Rodriguez Elementary or helped create the mindfulness room at Andrews Elementary. The first two school projects were quite different from each other: Rodriguez had a large unused portable building that teachers and parents had already remodeled and we just provided some finishing touches. At Andrews, we cleaned out the Assistant Principal’s office in order to make space for the mindulness room, painted the walls with a fresh green coat and made glitter bottles to help the children focus their minds.
If you would like to help make this vision come true, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or join our Facebook event. Our initial plan is to have a work day in early August before school begins. We will first need to do some trimming of the greenery and cleaning up of the general area, possibly some sanding of the old paint off the picnic tables. We will need to clear the area and designate a location for the pond before identifying a pathway for walking meditation. This process should take several months before completion so your help is appreciated in the long haul : )
lawn and leaf bags