January 11, 2016 — School community members are joining resources to help Kensington elementary students practice breathing, stretching, and positive stress management. Donations from the School District Foundation of Glens Falls, the Queensbury Walmart, and Kensington’s Parent-Teacher Association are combining to provide yoga instruction for first- through fourth-graders.
School District Foundation board member and former GFSD superintendent Tom McGowan recently presented Kensington principal Jen Hayes with a $500 gift to help provide 13 weeks of yoga instruction beginning in January. Tobey Gifford, co-owner of Lemon Tree yoga studio, will spend just over an hour at KRS each week, providing instruction to nearly 220 kids in 30-minute blocks.
“The goal of our weekly program would be to help students improve their focus, mental and physical flexibility, and learn techniques for managing stress in their daily lives,” said PTA volunteer Elizabeth Giblin, who also wrote a mini-grant request to the Queensbury Walmart. Walmart is providing $180 for the project.
“Elementary-age children often do not have effective coping strategies to deal with the stress in their lives, and many lack role models outside of school to show them how to manage their stress in positive ways,” the grant request noted. “We anticipate this amazing program will … provide children with a needed outlet for expression over the course of the winter semester.”