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 Jamie Pettit
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From: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:22 AM -0500
Subject:Students "Keep Calm and Study On" during Exam Week
Chesley District Community School's "Disable the Label" Safe Schools Committee has been helping secondary students through coordinating a number of relaxation activities designed to alleviate the stress of completing culminating projects and preparing for exams.  

On Thursday, January 21st, St. John Ambulance volunteers brought three therapy dogs to the school during lunch.  Students were able to cuddle and pet Golden Retrievers, Bailey and Saran, along with Fiji the Rottweiler. The grade 7 and 8 class was also able to join to see the dogs and learn about some of the activities running in advance of exams.

On Friday the 22nd, a social worker with the Brockton and Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) came to talk with groups of students about the causes of stress and ways of dealing with it.  This included a 'mindfulness' meditation exercise that utilized deep breathing.  

On Monday the 25th, a BAFHT dietician brought in healthy snacks for studying and provided tips for getting enough sleep during the exam period.

On Tuesday the 26th, the focus during lunch was 'play time' with students building their own stress balls or hacky sacks and using Play-Doh, pop bubble wrap and other manipulatives.  

Each day, students were invited to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies or popcorn.  All of the activities were very well attended with a general appreciation from students at the chance to have something to do at lunch to take their minds off their workload during this busy time.

Image of CDCS student in hallway with Golden Retriever therapy dogImage of CDCS student and St. John Ambulance volunteer in hallway with Rottweiler therapy dog
Image of poster with slogan, "Keep Calm and Study On"