Bullying | Local Non-profit Addresses School Violence

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With all the tragedy and violence in our schools today, teaching kids self regulation and stress reduction is more important than ever. Since 2004, CALMING KIDS (CK): is a local Boulder non-profit, has been focused on immediate and direct impact to reduce bullying and increase self regulation in kids and teens. 

On February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida experienced one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. This tragedy Bullying in schoolshas left Americans across the country heartbroken, frustrated, and wondering how we, as individuals, can make a difference in stopping this vicious and violent behavior.

CALMING KIDS has been addressing this issue for years. CK, a Colorado 501(c)3, was created after the tragic shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, for this exact reason. For the past 13 years, they have worked with teachers and students in Colorado and around the world to reduce bullying and violence in schools. In addition, to helping develop better coping mechanisms and increasing students’ compassion for one another.

Calling your state representatives and supporting today’s youth in creating safer schools in the long term is undeniably important. But, what can we do right now, TODAY?

If you want to make a positive difference and feel passionately about ending school violence, then the best place to start is in the schools! This is exactly what CALMING KIDS is doing with their classroom programs.

CALMING KIDS has impacted 3,500 teachers and over 40,000 students through their work in schools locally, nationally and globally.

Anti Bullying Teaching Program

There is still so much more to be done. CK is looking to expand its impact and wants to get the word out to as many school teachers and administrators, students, parents, and to those who feel concerned about this issue. We CAN make a difference and help to create a non-violent world, stop bullying in schools and help kids focus.

In addition to classroom programs, CK has also produced a variety of support materials for teachers and students:

  • including classroom workbooks,
  • self regulation posters,
  • educational films

and a new pocket sized movement, mindfulness and meditation book, Finding Calm in a Moment. This book guides students of all ages through a variety of simple practices to release stress and self regulate immediately. Get involved NOW! Visit our website to learn more www.calmingkids.org

For more information contact: calmingkidsyoga@gmail.com or 303-530-3860.

Anti bullying for kids in the West Bank – March 2017

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Anti bullying for kids in Palestine

~ Written by Dee Marie

CALMING KIDS (CK) in the West Bank: The beauty of the countryside combined with the bubbling effervescent energy of the children and teens has created a joyful eye-opening experience for all of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City delegates. We have visited three schools together as a group, two in Nablus and one in Qosra Village over the past 12 days. I, Dee Marie, director of CALMING KIDS: Creating a Non-Violent World have been blessed to interact with schools teaching Anti bullying for kids on four other occasions.

One remarkable afternoon in Odala Village instructing 80 girls ranging from 7 to 14 years old. Their enthusiasm, focused efforts and warm welcome and thankfulness was just the beginning of the many heart-opening experiences I have had since in the West Bank.

Another morning traveling to Madama Village to teach a group of 40 male athletes, 11 – 17 years of age, was a fantastic adventure of balance, strength, surrender and humbled success for all who participated in anti bullying for kids program. The Minister of Education met us at Awarta Village School for girls. She witnessed a joyous gathering of 35 gals ages 10 – 16 practicing mindful movement, yoga asana, dancing, stretching and meditation. The intensity of movement and love escalated to its fullest at the American Academy in Nablus. An entire school day was enriched with yoga classes back to back serving 185 students, mixed boys and girls, from Kindergarten to 8th grade.

Wow, what wonderful opportunities it has been to serve the big eyed, bright smiles and bountiful energy of the students in this part of the world.

The networking magic of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project was able to connect CALMING KIDS with the An Najah University’s Dean of Education. Dr. Alia Asalia arranged two CK teacher trainings, one for elementary age staff and one for Middle and high school instructors.

The most striking thing as an American teaching in Nablus was the amazing amount of men in the teaching profession. Unlike the US where it is predominantly women in the field of teaching. The mixed gendered energy in the training room opened the doors for an enriching experience of laughter, seriousness, intellectual curiosity and deep spiritual connection. The educators were overjoyed with the information regarding breathing and self regulation.

As the instructor I left beaming in the light of Spirit that has led me on this path. In my own small way helping to create a non – violent world.

There is one more morning of two teacher trainings where the women teachers will have a separate training from the men teachers. Stay tuned for the update on those workshops.