FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
SCHOOL, Inc. Contracts with Pasadena Unified School District
to bring Trauma-Informed Care Initiative to the City of Pasadena
PASADENA, Calif. – April 3, 2018 – 501(c)(3) Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.) is awarded a 3 year contract with Pasadena Unified School District to provide training services to educators within a city-wide outreach program entitled Pasadena Trauma-Informed Care Initiative.
Bradley C. Call, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of UniHealth Foundation issued a grant award letter to Huntington Hospital, in partnership with Young & Healthy and Pasadena Unified School District for restricted funding over 36-months to provide support for the Pasadena Trauma-Informed Care Initiative. SCHOOL, Inc. has been selected by Pasadena Unified School District to provide the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Training to all PUSD teachers to fulfill this grant requirement.
The Pasadena Trauma-Informed Care Initiative will be led by Ann Rector, PUSD - Director Health Programs and School Support Services; Mary Donnelly - Crocker, Young & Healthy -Executive Director; and Lori J. Morgan MD, Huntington Hospital - President & CEO.
Based in Los Angeles, UniHealth Foundation is an independent private health care foundation serving LA communities for more than 21 years. Their mission states, “We are committed to being a pace-setter in health philanthropy, identifying and supporting innovative activities, while provoking and sustaining changes that positively impact health outcomes.”
SCHOOL, Inc. will train approximately 546 PUSD teachers from Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade. Additional services personnel will also join the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Trainings in order that nurses, counselors and other support staff learn mindfulness methods to help youth navigate education proactively and in greater health. SCHOOL, Inc. will provide tools, strategies and evidence-based mindfulness techniques to enhance the learning potential for students and classroom management techniques for teachers.
“I am thrilled to get to work with SCHOOL, Inc. so much in the coming years.” said Ann Rector, PUSD - Director Health Programs and School Support Services.
According to 2018/19 statistics, Pasadena Unified School District includes an estimate of 16,340 students (TK - 12) with 61.6% socio-economically disadvantaged, 15.8% English Learners and 14.6% disabled. More than half of the student population is Hispanic (60%).
“This contract given by Pasadena Unified School District to SCHOOL, Inc. is a tremendous honor for us.” said Kelly Wood, Founder and CEO of SCHOOL, Inc. “We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the health and academic success of Pasadena students and educators alongside the esteemed organizations of Young & Healthy and Huntington Hospital.”
About SCHOOL, Inc.:
Established in 2012, Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.) is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to help public schools, especially Title 1 communities, create focused, harmonious classrooms where learning and positive relationships flourish. The SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program is an adapted mindfulness curriculum that addresses the comprehensive health of students and teachers by enhancing physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Collaborative attitudes and character development are nurtured through the program to support academic success. SCHOOL, Inc. provides professional development for educators in school districts including Los Angeles Unified, Pasadena Unified, New York City of Education and more. For more information, visit www.school-yoga.org.