Hilltop kindergarten teacher Jennifer Gonzalez-Goetz encourages students to draw pictures of things that make them happy as part of their mindfulness practice.

The September 14 issue of The Journal-News featured the Hilltop School in a front page story on mindfulness initiatives in local schools.

The article, “New in schools: ‘Mindfulness’ helps kids focus,” includes an interview with Hilltop Principal Dr. Christine Ditrano regarding a $1.2 million US Department of Education grant Rockland BOCES received to pilot a mindfulness program for students with severe emotional disabilities.

Click here to read the story on lohud.com.