The word is that Ohio Avenue Elementary hasn’t always been this calm. Before it was loud, disruptive, and a lot of kids in the hallways. So the school has implemented ways to help a student reduce their stress, help out their mood regulation, and teach them brain-control. Williams said the rate of children moving into and out of the school has dropped from 32 percent to 15 percent, a positive.
Now, the paint on the walls is a cool dove gray. There’s a path on the floor made of tape that children can follow to calm themselves. A “timeout” room is available for youngsters who need a break; it’s equipped with a lava lamp, an aquarium and yoga mats. In other hallways are exercise bikes and elliptical machines.