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Lynnfield, MA: School donation to be used for Mindfulness/Social-Emotional Learning

Nov 25, 2018, Lynnfield (MA) Daily Item: Lynnfield school's PTO raises $30K in 'race for education' The Summer Street School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) stepped up its efforts to raise $30,000 this year with school-wide involvement Wednesday in a “race for education.” … A $3,000 donation will go, Price said, to the Summer Street School’s social/emotional learning committee to pay for an educator to come to the school and work with teachers on dealing with stress. Price, who is the parent of a Summer Street first and fourth grader, said social/emotional learning partly focuses on how to teach students enduring stress to concentrate on the task at hand and “stay in the moment.” The PTO also plans to donate $1,000 to pay instructor Christine Gehret to talk to teach “mindful movement,” a self control and focus exercise, every other week to Summer Street kindergarten students. Dwyer said mindfulness and social emotional wellbeing work with teachers and students is important because it focuses “on the whole child” and enhances learning.

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