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Brining Mindfulness to Central Illinois Schools

Illinois State junior basketball player Frannie Corrigan demonstrates a mindfulness exercise before a recent practice at Redbird Arena.   (photo courtesy of WGLT/Eric Stock)

Illinois State junior basketball player Frannie Corrigan demonstrates a mindfulness exercise before a recent practice at Redbird Arena. (photo courtesy of WGLT/Eric Stock)

This week in the First Light look at stories from around the state, educators are becoming increasingly concerned about students bringing anxiety to school every day. Whether they worry about families, food or phones, teachers expect young people to set those things aside. Illinois Public Radio’s Eric Stock looks at a pilot program in central Illinois. It’s part of a growing trend to improve classroom performance by helping students become mentally and emotionally ready to learn

Abby Lyons leads a stretching exercise for fifth grade students at Oakdale Elementary School in Normal.   (photo courtesy of WGLT/Eric Stock)

Abby Lyons leads a stretching exercise for fifth grade students at Oakdale Elementary School in Normal. (photo courtesy of WGLT/Eric Stock)