In the hallway between rooms 201 and 203 at the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, there is a new “Relaxation Corner,” courtesy of teacher Kayleigh Buboltz.
It’s a brightly-colored bulletin board filled with intricate blank coloring pages with a bag of markers attached. Students in any grade can request a trip to the relaxation corner when they’re feeling overwhelmed and need to take a break. Once there, they can choose a marker, color in a portion of a coloring page and then return to class refreshed, refocused and ready to learn.
Along with the school’s recently-installed sensory pathways, it’s yet another way to expel extra energy, improve student focus and make school a fun and inviting place to be.