After 6 weeks of meeting once/week with the Grade 2-3 and 4-5 class at Skillin and Kaler Elementary, I had to say goodbye to those rambunctious kiddos. After school can be a hard time to learn new strategies, which is true of mindfulness as much as anything. That said, students embraced the challenge. Teachers in the program plan on continuing to practice with the students, an initiative fueled by South Portland's director of afterschool programs, Jennifer Belanger.
Here are some of the students' thoughts on their experience: