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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.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Walk through Karner Blue

By: Maks Luthra

Imagine walking through a well-lit, exceptionally quiet school hallway with pastel-colored walls, beautified by paintings of nature and soothing music. What a wonderful feeling!

On January 29th 2016, the CYFC team visited the Karner Blue Education Center, a school in Anoka County that connects students to their world through a compassionate and creative learning environment. The name of the school comes from an endangered butterfly species, Karner Blue, which only exists in two counties of Minnesota: Anoka County and Winona County.

The design of Karner Blue Education Center is based on a nature theme serving students with special needs, and departs from traditional school floor plans as it brings nature indoors to provide a calming atmosphere and creates a controlled outdoor space for students to learn, play, and relax. The school design incorporates more open and daylight spaces that assists faculty and supports the students as they learn life skills of self-regulation, coping, communication, self-efficacy, and socialization.

The 72,000 square foot education center has a capacity of 130 students with 6–8 teachers per classroom, supporting them to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, build caring relationships with adults and peers, and be physically and emotionally healthy.

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