Stop, Breathe & Think Blog

Tools for Peace at School

Students at King Middle School work in the community garden.We have lots of news about our Stop, Breathe & Think school programs. This year, we’ve added a third campus at Thomas Starr King Middle School as part of our partnership with LACER Afterschool programs.  Our facilitator, Mayme, is working with their award-winning drill team, leading 40 girls in a weekly mindfulness practice.  LACER also received a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation to expand the Tools for Peace community garden at Bancroft Middle School, which is flourishing.  At Irving Middle School, we’re leading our Tools for Peace club, as well as engaging all 75 LACER students at the beginning of Wednesday afterschool sessions in a mindfulness practice.

Also this year, our most active Tools for Peace LACER Afterschool students from all three campuses have come together for our Agents of Change club.  The students, who earned their place in AofC through high attendance and participation, work together for compassion-in-action community projects, which include visiting with seniors at Sunset Hall and hosting a monthly supper at the Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena.

We’re also launching a pilot in-school SB&T program at Irving Middle School where we’ll study the effects of our curriculum with Dr. Elizabeth Davis at University of California, Riverside.  This yearlong study will measure the outcome of Stop, Breathe & Think on 2 classrooms.  We’re excited to see the results!

Take a look below at some pictures from this year’s programs, and visit our YouTube channel to view our 2015 videos.  We’re inspired by the continuing success of our partnership with LACER and look forward to the future!