School can be stressful. And sometimes, we all need a place to decompress. The students and staff at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia definitely understand that, so their Rams Minds Matter club created the Calm Cafe!
The Calm Cafe is a place for students to go when they need a safe, calming space. It is located in the cafeteria, which is great for students who have free time at lunch and want to relax, and helpful for students who might find the cafeteria environment stressful in itself. It is currently open three days a week during all five lunches, and is staffed by social workers, psychologists, and counselors so students have someone to talk to if they’d like. If they’d rather just hang out, the Calm Cafe also has comfy chairs, calming lights, fidget toys, coloring books, motivational materials, and even OMM Self-Care Cards!
The Rams Minds Matter students worked so hard to get this room up and running–even coming in over the summer to paint and put up decorations. Their hard work certainly paid off, because now every student at Robinson has the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of a big school and feel safe, calm, and supported. Awesome job, @ramsmindsmatter!
Thank you to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and various other donors who made this space possible.