It “will develop resiliency skills by incorporating the use of the Heartmath Smart Brain/Wise Heart program for after-school students attending FCCC,” Verdun Executive Director Honore D. Hastings said.
The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation provided $62,500 grant for the new program.
About 310 students, ages 5 to 13, will participate in the after-school program in 2018-19.
“The students will use these personal resiliency skills in the classroom, the home and the community which will have lifelong benefits for the children,” Ms. Hastings said in a press release.
Twenty-six FCCC staff members and four from Verdun, near Rixeyville, completed two days of training last week to prepare for the program. They learned about a range of games with specific objectives, including leadership, developing social skills, positive interaction with peers, decision making, mentoring and reducing/managing stress. FCCC staff members will use what they learned in their daily lesson plans, with support of the Verdun staff and monthly visits.
“We are excited to be incorporating resiliency skills into our daily activities, because we know how important it is to teach the kids to manage their stress and overcome any insecurities at an early age,” FCCC Executive Director Melissa German said.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be a grant recipient for this wonderful program,” Ms. Hastings said. “Verdun has an exceptional handpicked team of Sean McElhinney, Ashley Shilling and Barry Jacobs to collaborate with this strong and enthusiastic FCCC experienced staff.
“All of us are looking forward to this journey together and the positive impact on our Fauquier community.”