Veterans transforms RPS middle school classroom to offer relaxation


RICHMOND, Va., (WRIC) — It’s spring break for Richmond Public Schools students.

But veterans and their families along with community volunteers stopped by Boushall Middle School Saturday, with paintbrushes in hand. 

Their mission: to transform a classroom into a mindfulness room for students. 

Volunteers spent the day painting murals on the walls full of bright colors and positive images.

It’s a space for students to spend a few minutes in their day to relieve stress and relax. 

The idea is to have a space to come and relax and not get into fights and find a new way to resolve conflict, said Wounded Warrior Project outreach coordinator Katie Schrecker. Restorative Justice Initiative is based off something that’s been working in Baltimore. They’ve seen reduced suspension (and) detention.

Three other RPS schools will soon see a mindfulness room. 

Mural artist Hamilton Glass said he participated as a way of doing something that makes it tranquil when you go in here.

So there’s birds, waves, really kind of an earthy tone mural, he said. 

The goal is for all Richmond Public Schools to have a designated mindfulness room. 

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