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Troy Hofer students taking 'mindfulness' breaks during class

Students in Kimberly Pokrajac’s Troy Hofer Elementary School class take a mindfulness break.
Students in Kimberly Pokrajac’s Troy Hofer Elementary School class take a mindfulness break.

Several teachers at Troy Hofer Elementary School are leading their students in “mindfulness” breaks during classes this year.

First grade teacher Kimberly Pokrajac embraced the initiative after learning about the success other schools across the nation were having with the strategy.

“We incorporate some type of brain break about three times each day,” she said in a news release from the school. “We have a playlist with meditations and breathing exercises that are each six minutes or shorter.”

Pokrajac said the breaks are a great way for students and teachers to relax and better their concentration and focus.

Principal Kristin Copes said she and co-workers have seen the benefits. The skills are something the students can take home with them, as well, she said, as strategies for self-calming and self-regulating.

Troy Hofer Elementary School is a Troy Community School District 30-C school.
 

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