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About UsThe mission of Mindful Schools is to empower and support young people to live happy and fulfilling lives by helping them fulfill their academic potential, and to be more emotionally aware, empathetic, and mindful of their thoughts and actions.
We teach life-long inner skills that enable children to make healthy choices, reduce stress, manage anger, and resolve conflicts.
Mindful Schools is a Community Outreach Program of Park Day School, a private school in Oakland, CA. Park Day School is a diverse, independent K-8 school with a 30-year history of progressive education.
The Year in Review: Exciting Facts & Updates!
Expanding Our Impact -- With Your HelpAs Mindful Schools approaches nearly three years of operation, we are filled with a deep sense of gratitude and joy. We have seen the profound impact this program has had on thousands of students and teachers, and how it has changed classroom culture to one that is more conducive to learning. We are deeply grateful for the financial and in-kind support from our Friends that has made this work possible.
Why your support matters! 77% of the schools we have served to date teach a majority of children who receive free and reduced lunch. Many of those children live with hunger, scarcity, violence, and uncertainty. These challenges can create destructive turmoil for young children and can seriously impair their ability to learn. Through the financial support of donors, we have been able to offer Mindful Schools to most of these low-income schools for free or on a greatly subsidized basis.
After children learn mindfulness skills, classroom teachers report fewer discipline problems and happier, more attentive children. Children report they are able to calm themselves more easily than before, make better decisions, and be happier at school and at home. 52% of students even teach their family members mindfulness, so it is generative. Teachers tell us how grateful they are for this program, and how they enjoy teaching more. With calmer and more attentive children, there is less stress in the classroom. Not only that, these same skills translate to success later in life, whether it’s at work, in music, sports, or elsewhere.
Our work cannot have the same impact and outreach without your financial support. No matter how big or small, your contribution will give more children a powerful gift that will serve them well and enrich their entire lives.
To make your tax deductable donation on-line, please go to our secure on-line donation page (the link opens in a new window). Thank you for your support!
Feel free to contact us at email@example.com, or call Laurie Grossman at (510) 653-0317 Ext. 105. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Contributions of $250 or more will be substantiated by Park Day School as required by the IRS.
New! Mindfulness Fundamentals CourseIf you work with children, or have children of your own, you may benefit from our new Mindfulness Fundamentals course. The six-week course, which emphasizes interactions with children, begins on January 12 and is offered Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Park Day School. The course costs $125, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please click here for more information.
Please click here to register. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would You Like to Help Us? Volunteer Opportunities!If you would like to help make a huge difference in children’s lives while working with an exceptional team, Mindful Schools has volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
Website Updates: http://www.mindfulschools.orgWe’ve made a number of improvements to our web site:
Success Stories: Mindful Schools in ActionA third grader recently told her teacher that someone tried to break into her house the previous night. When the police came and arrested the man she went to sit down and used her mindful breaths to calm down. The teacher told her that must have been so scary. “Yes!” she said, “but mindfulness helped.”
A 1st grade teacher at a low income school in East Oakland told one of our Mindful Schools teachers that she is now hooked on our program. She said that she wasn’t really sure that her kids were getting what it was all about until she was reading a book out loud to the class and the word peacefulness came up. She asked if they knew what that word meant and one of her kids said, “Peacefulness is how you feel when we do Mindfulness.”
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Mindful Schools is
a community outreach program of Park Day School, a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. Contributions are tax-deductible to the amount allowable by law.