Beverly Elementary School partners with Wonder & Grow

Submitted photo Beverly Elementary fourth-grade students will be able to participate in the Wonder & Grow program this fall.

BEVERLY — This fall, Beverly Elementary fourth-grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a new nature, science and mindfulness program. Once a week beginning in September students will participate in activities that explore water, soils, wildlife and mindfulness practices in order to foster healthy lifestyles and scientific understanding.

For four sessions, students will try out a pilot program called “Wonder & Grow — Mindful Nature Experience,” a curriculum aimed at bolstering science, math, and language skills through active outdoor experiences.

For instance, students may learn about a particular animal species found in West Virginia, like the gray fox, and compare their habitat and biology to that of humans. Then, they might build a fox den or try out fox moves, like crouching, jumping, and climbing. Afterward, they might observe in their journal about the experience.

Together, the day’s activity will include practice with math, engineering and language skills, all while getting exercise and learning mindfulness practices. Mindfulness meditation and yoga will be incorporated throughout the activities, teaching kids how to reset and become more resilient in a fast-paced world.

The Wonder & Grow program is funded in part through a grant from Try This West Virginia, a nonprofit organization that supports healthy lifestyle initiatives across the state. The conference and mini-grants are funded by The Claude Worth Benedum Foundation, West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Unicare, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, The Highmark Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation, The Bernard McDonough Foundation, American Heart Association, West Virginia University Rural Health Initiative, WVU Health Sciences Center, West Virginia Development Office, Flex-E Grant program, Appalachian Funders Network and conference registration fees.

Beverly Elementary is excited to host attending organizations who do so much good in their communities and beyond. Valerie Warner and Kate Reed, the founders of Wonder & Grow, will be facilitating activities in Mrs. Lucy Godwin’s classroom along with Tracey Valach of the WVU Extension Office. Beverly Elementary along with Stockert Youth and Community Center will be a first host location for Wonder & Grow, which plans to expand to locations throughout the region and state.

Wonder & Grow – Mindful Nature Experience will be hosting additional classes to the public starting this winter. If you would like more information visit www.wonderandgrow.org.

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