MLHS students get room to chill

By Brenda Erdahl:

Everyone needs a place to relax after a long day on the job or at the office, but stress isn’t reserved just for adults.

A 2014 American Psychological Association report found that teens report stress at equal or higher levels to adults.

This summer, with the help of Allina Health’s new Change to Chill School Partnership grant, Maple Lake High School is going to be doing something about that by making a special place at school for students to take a break and relax when the stress of the day becomes too much.

On Friday, May 18, Allina representatives presented MLHS officials with a check for $1,000 to add a “Chill Zone” somewhere in the building. The space doesn’t have to be big to be effective, Manager of Community Engagement and Wellness at Allina Mona Volden said, but it should have a non-school feel, where students can take a break, think things through and then go back to their day.

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