Through their school endowment at FMPS, Stephens Elementary now offers yoga classes to the 4th and 5th grade students. These yoga classes, taught by a trained children’s yoga instructor, promote physical activity and fitness in an innovative way. The instructor skillfully incorporates student ideas and interests and ties yoga sessions to lessons learned in the classroom.
Income from the school endowment was also used to support a weekly writing club for 4th and 5th graders. During club meetings, teachers met with students to help them develop their writing skills and strategies. At the end of the year, students published a book of their work. By giving students the opportunity to have their work published, FMPS and Stephens encouraged creativity and fostered a sense of accomplishment among students.