North Main Avenue fourth grader Brian Cruz, 10, reads his essay on the benefits of the Peace Zone program. (Photo: Michael Ein)

Pleasantville teacher creates “peace zone” for students (USA)

Jayne Donato Dempsey’s fourth-grade classroom at the North Main Street School is a Peace Zone. That does not mean it is always peaceful. But it is a place where students can acknowledge their stress, anger and fear and learn ways to express and cope with it. “We are not happy all the time,” said Dempsey. “We have work. We have problems. But we want the norm here to be peace, to be a place where children feel safe.”

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