During the 2017/18 school year, Wellness/Mindfulness Coach and local yoga instructor, Amani Carroccio developed a 16-week “Moving into Mindfulness” course that was introduced as part of her master’s degree/internship placement at Taos High School. The course introduced the concept of somatic intelligence as a resource to increase a student’s ability to self-regulate, improve attention and gain awareness. The project coincided with a New Mexico Public Education Department grant that established a full-time Truancy Coach at Taos High School as an intervention system to address chronic absenteeism. For reference, in the 2016/17 school year, over 1,000 truancy letters were sent home to parents.
The Mindfulness Project was very well received by students, faculty and the school administration. Students were exposed to new techniques to deal with stress, faculty were introduced to brain trauma and there was a concerted effort within the school culture to provide extra academic support for teens who had been identified as having considerable challenges at home.
A drop-in lunch time yoga class was introduced, an alternative to in-school detention was established and students asked for an after-school yoga class. Mindfulness practices and techniques were implemented on a school-wide basis when the school community was faced with both student suicides during the school year.
Target population: students at Taos High School and Cyber Magnet High Schools, specifically all freshmen in the health education and fitness classes as well as truant and special education teens.
If you are considering making a bequest to the Mindfullness Project Fund of the Taos Community Foundation, we recommend the following:
In order to make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Taos Community Foundation in your estate plan, and we would be happy to work with you and your attorney to help you identify ways to give that will ensure your charitable objectives are met. We will also work with you and your attorney to craft language to accomplish your objectives, but have provided some basic bequest language to get you started.
Specific Dollar Amount/Personal Property
I hereby, give, devise and bequeath [$dollars / description of property] to Taos Community Foundation, a non-profit organization located at 115 La Posta Rd, Ste A, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Federal Tax ID # 85-0425147, to support the Mindfullness Project Fund.
Specific Real Estate
I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of the right, title and interest in and to the real estate located at [address or description of property] to Taos Foundation for Property Gifts, Inc., a non-profit affiliate of the Taos Community Foundation located at 115 La Posta Rd, Ste A, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Federal Tax ID # 27-0998249, for Mindfullness Project Fund.
Percentage of an Estate
I hereby, give, devise and bequeath [percentage of your estate] to Taos Community Foundation, a non-profit organization located at 115 La Posta Rd, Ste A, Taos, New Mexico, 87571, Federal Tax ID # 85-0425147, for Mindfullness Project Fund.
Other Gift Options
If you would like information about other ways to give, including gifts of stock, IRA contributions, wired funds or other gifts with immediate tax deductions, please contact Traci at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-737-9300.
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