Best-selling author brings tips, yoga to Centerville school

A best-selling author brought her unique approach to Primary Village South School in Centerville on Thursday, seeking to help students who face bullying, lock-downs and other issues in schools.

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School officials invited children’s author Susan Verde to discuss mindfulness, empathy and compassion as part of a larger effort by the school.

Verde offered readings and talked with students and staff, and she taught them yoga.

Principal Amy Allen said the school has already incorporated Verde’s books into its curriculum, and the staff and students were excited to meet her in person.

“We’ve been using Susan Verde’s ‘I Am’ books for a few years at PVS to help teach our students how to be the best version of themselves,” Allen said. “Through her books we can teach kids to be kind, thoughtful, compassionate, empathetic, peaceful, brave and much more.”

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Verde’s story “I Am Human” debuted as a New York Times best-selling book, and Allen says the author’s work is an inspiration to children of all ages.

“We use her books in the classroom, through counselor readings and through principal readings. Her words have been at the center of our work for several years now and an inspiration for many student projects focused on kindness in our building,” Allen said. “We also refer to her books in a teachable moment when we need to remind students the power of saying, ‘I’m sorry’, or ‘I forgive you.’”

Verde was excited to visit the staff and students at the school.

“I’m always excited to visit schools and connect with teachers and students. This particular school has a mindfulness focus in their curriculum and I am thrilled to support their work both in the areas of mindfulness and yoga and also talking about being an author and the creative process,” she said.

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