Barnegat Implementing New Student “Mindfulness” Program

Members of The Maximilian Foundation presented a check to the board members at the Board of Education meeting. (Photo by Kimberly Bosco)

BARNEGAT – Barnegat School District, with the help of The Maximilian Foundation, will be implementing a new program for the 2018-2019 school year.

At the most recent Board of Education meeting, board members and new Superintendent Brian Latwis recognized The Maximilian Foundation for their donation of $2,900 to the district’s new MIST program.

The funds will go towards kick starting the MIST, or Mindfulness Infusion for Students and Teachers, program. The program will provide students with the resources to encourage them to avoid behaviors that could negatively impact their lives, according to the district.

The program will serve students kindergarten through 5th grade.

“Essentially what we’re looking to do is rollout a mindfulness initiative for this year for the elementary schools,” said Latwis. “Mindfulness is…working with students to help them be more mindful about living in the present and not focusing in external factors.”

This sort of focus can help students learn and build self-awareness.

According to Latwis, other districts have already begun implementing similar initiatives like this one. Latwis also noted that the district will be working with Nate Terrell to implement the MIST program.

The initiative has been 100 percent funded by The Maximilian Foundation.