Celebrity Applauds Mindfulness Curriculum in Riverhead

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Actress, director, producer and founder of The Hawn Foundation, Goldie Hawn surprised students and staff at Riverhead Central School District’s Phillips Avenue Elementary School on Sept. 28.

During the visit, Ms. Hawn applauded the school’s new mindful curriculum, launched this school year and modeled after her own 13-year-old MindUP program. MindUP provides students with strategies to calm their minds and improve their focus.

During the 2016-17 school year, Phillips Avenue School teachers, led by Principal Debra Rodgers, were trained by MindUP representatives and worked over the summer months to adapt the program to the school’s individual needs. 

Now in full swing, the Phillips Avenue program infuses mindfulness lessons into students’ daily routines. The simple, hands-on lessons inspire students to be mindful of things they taste, smell and hear. The lessons also include brain-brakes, songs, breathing and stretching exercises. Students are also taught how their own brains work. In total, the curriculum includes 25 lessons, complete with videos and worksheets, related to mindfulness.