CLARK, NJ – Everyone gets stressed out sometimes.  According to one local fifth grade teacher adults need to be aware of how stress can influence children in an academic setting.

“As adults, we need to be aware of the daily stresses placed upon children ranging from academic challenges, family issues, and social interactions,” said Hehnly fifth grade teacher Jacqueline Caplette. “Stress can have a negative impact on a student’s ability to focus in the classroom and on their overall well-being.”

To help stressed kids, Caplette and her classroom paraprofessional aide, Michele Ferrentino, created a Destress Corner where students can ask to go if they need a break.  Teachers say they may also suggest a visit to the center when it is evident that a student needs a break. 

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The corner has inflatable tubes to relax on, a coloring option, an interactive message board, books, jokes, stress balls, and inspirational messages that students can keep at their desks. 

According to Caplette the teachers found that students respond very well to the Destress Corner and it not only benefits students focus in the classroom but supports their well-being outside of the classroom as well.


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