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Meditation practices lead to fewer suspensions at JCPS elementary school

Cane Run Elementary School students are breathing deeply, meditating and reflecting. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Cane Run Elementary School students are breathing deeply, meditating and reflecting. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
(Source: WAVE 3 News) (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE 3) - If you walk into Shay Johnson's classroom, you'll notice it's a bit different that most fourth-grade classes. 

That's because these Cane Run Elementary School students are breathing deeply, meditating and reflecting. 

Johnson's class is part of the Compassionate Schools Project within Jefferson County Public Schools. Cane Run Elementary is one of three schools that piloted the program. Now, 29 other schools have adopted it because school administrators at Cane Run, are seeing incredible results. 

"Our suspensions have gone down (and) the number of students who we see actually in crisis has decreased as well," Principal Kim Coslow said. "The amount of time students are spending in classrooms has increased."

Students will attend the 50-minute mindfulness classes two or three times a week for four weeks at a time. They'll spend every year of elementary school taking the class, learning how to focus on relaxing, breath and self-regulating their emotions. 

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"I've never honestly taught a curriculum where I've seen bigger changes in my students, they really respond well," Health and Wellness teacher Meghann Clem said. "They thank me for the classes that I've taught. As a teacher there's no better feeling."

Students said they can come into class angry, but leave feeling relaxed and ready to take on the rest of their day. 

There are 29 other schools within JCPS participating in the Compassionate Schools Project, which is a partnership between the University of Virginia and JCPS with support from Louisville Metro Government and financial support from benevolent giving. 

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