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Meditation Helps Rough San Francisco Schools Find Their Happy Place!

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Have you had your daily dose of "om" today? Because according to these San Francisco schools, it can make a HUGE difference in your life!

Visitacion Valley Middle School first adopted the Quiet Time program in 2007, which gives students two meditation breaks per day to try and clear their minds! The school, which is situated in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the city, has seen DRASTIC improvements since then!

In just the first year of the program alone, the school saw a 45% drop in suspensions and it now has one of the lowest suspension rates in the city! Attendance is also up to 98%, grades have skyrocketed since then, and perhaps most importantly of all, the youngsters tested as the happiest students in the city — most of which is attributed to a major drop in their stress levels!

Superintendent Richard Carranza, one of the program's biggest supporters, believes more schools should adopt Quiet Time, and he says the results definitely don't lie:

"The research is showing big effects on students' performance. Our new accountability standards, which we're developing in tandem with the other big California districts, emphasize the importance of social-emotional factors in improving kids' lives, not just academics. That's where Quiet Time can have a major impact, and I'd like to see it expand well beyond a handful of schools."

So far, only a few schools in San Francisco have adopted the program, but all of them have seen amazing results across the board!

In fact, the California Achievement Test showed that twice as many students in the Quiet Time program proved to be proficient in english than those who weren't in the program, and the numbers were even bigger when it came to math!

Overall, it looks like the program has definitely led to a huge emotional improvement in these students which has in turn had a huge effect on their grades!

So the real question is, why aren't more schools doing it? It definitely can't hurt!

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Cutest Kid Has AMAZING Dance Off With Basketball Usher! Watch It HERE!

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The Detroit Pistons have the world's cutest fan!!!

During a game against the NY Knicks last week, Antwain Alexander, an 11-year-old, gave the audience some happiness by having an EPIC dance off with a basketball usher!

And if we have to choose a winner - we wouldn't be able to decide! Seriously!

And, it looks like this is something he's been planning for a while as Antwain's dad explained how important it was for him to get on the Dance Cam:

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4th Grader Secretly Documents Disgusting School Meals! Now He's Winning Serious Accolades!!!

You don't meet 4th graders like this every day!

Zachary Maxwell knew something was wrong with the food being served at the school he attends in New York City.

But what could he do about it? He's only eleven years old!

It turns out he could do plenty!

The incredible young man secretly recorded the food his school was providing his peers and him.

Six months later - the little dude is getting some serious accolades for his short documentary entitled YUCK.

In fact - we hear Zachary has been asked to serve as "adviser to the New York City Department of Education’s Office of School Food".

So cool!

These days - Zachary brings his own lunch to school - which should tell you a little something about what he discovered while filming his exposé documentary.

Check out the amazing trailer for YUCK by watching the video (above) !!!

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