March 14, 2014 | 726 views
Merrick Avenue Middle School learns to think positively
Young’s mother, Beth King Young, herself a yoga and Pilates teacher and believer in the ability of the individual to accomplish great things, died of breast cancer in August 2012. After her mother’s death, Kaley Young decided to continue her mom’s legacy by, one, taking over her school, At the Studio, in Wantagh; and two, creating a young people’s workshop that celebrates her mom and teaches others about positive thinking.
Stephanie Altman, a MAMS phys. ed. teacher, brought the She Taught workshop to the middle school. Altman said she heard about it through her contacts in the East Meadow and Levittown school districts, where Young has offered workshops. Young gave a series of classes at MAMS on March 10, meeting with half of the seventh- and eighth-grade classes, Altman said.
The Herald stopped off at midday for a class. Young had students engage in small-group exercises to illustrate the need to work together, as well as to think positively. “Mean what you say, say what you mean, but don’t say it mean,” Young told the students.
Negative words included “Hate and Pain.” A majority of students found that the water from the positive jug tasted better, even though the water samples were identical.
Students concluded the class by lying on the gymnasium floor with their eyes closed, visualizing positive thoughts while soft music played. “Think of three things you’re thankful for today,” Young said. “What are you thankful for today? Appreciate every moment you have on earth.”