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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Calming Room Plans Are Progressing


By Sara Langworthy, Extension Educator — Children, Youth & Family Consortium
7:30 a.m. is really early for a meeting. Especially on a Monday.

But Judy, Scott, and I, along, and two fabulous College of Design students Emily Devore and Rachel Grothe met Monday to discuss progress on the Bruce Vento Elementary School calming room. As you may recall from this post, we worked with Dr. Abi Asojo and her 23 sophomore interior design students to do initial proposals for the calming room space. The space is meant to help children who face difficulties with emotional regulation learn strategies to calm themselves and return to class quickly.

We've been lucky enough to continue to collaborate with Rachel and Emily, who have received Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funding, to assist us in finalizing the design. They are working directly with project staff to ensure the design meets student needs, which has included researching materials and costs and communicating with school district staff to abide by district construction codes. Rachel and Emily were from two different design teams in Professor Asojo's class, but have come together to bring the strengths of both of their styles to this project.

In short, it's been incredibly helpful to have them on board. They are always focused on the overarching purpose  and cohesion of the room as a whole, while constantly thinking of design options that would never have occurred to us. Their collaborative work is helping us transform the calming room into a place that will be both a functional and a warm, comforting space for children.

In the first week of August, we plan to begin the room's transformation. Project volunteers will be involved in painting the walls, and soon after that we hope to see new flooring and many of the other design elements begin to take shape. If you're interested in joining us, contact Nora Fox (holle105@umn.edu). Many hands make light work!

We're really excited to see this room come together, and to share it with all of you in the coming months!

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Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Learners is an ongoing partnership between the Extension Children, Youth, and Family Consortium and the Bruce Vento Elementary School. Together, along with many other partners, we are developing engaging learning environments that promote student learning and wellness.

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