SUMMIT, The fourth in a series of forums centering on "Parent Wellness: What You Need to Know" will focus on the strong, pervasive, and scientific benefits of mindfulness, especially in the lives of students and their families. The event, led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker John Grund, will be held March 10 at 7 p.m., in the Chatham High School Auditorium.

Merriam-Webster defines mindfulness as:

The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.

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Mindfulness has been proven to ease feelings of stress and anxiety, increase attention, and develop social and emotional intelligence.

Grund has been consulting with the Chatham schools -- training district administrators, teaching and special services staff -- on mindfulness in education throughout the 2015-16 school year. Mindfulness practices are infused into the Chatham K-12 curriculum in various ways and have been met with widespread success.
 
The parent wellness series is a result of collaborative efforts between the Superintendents and Student Assistance Counselors (SAC) of Summit, Chatham, Millburn, Berkeley Heights, and New Providence School Districts, each of which have hosted -- or will host -- hosted an event Teaming on topics and programs that help families focus on student needs in their communities, Summit Public Schools hosted the first forum October 20.
 
Chatham High School is located at 255 Lafayette Avenue.