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Children's Wellness Program Opening In Thornwood

 Child•cor, a new children's wellness program, is planning to begin in Thornwood this August, using yoga, dramatic arts and creative meditative practices to help kids manage stress and improve self-worth.
Child•cor, a new children's wellness program, is planning to begin in Thornwood this August, using yoga, dramatic arts and creative meditative practices to help kids manage stress and improve self-worth. Photo Credit: Submitted

THORNWOOD, N.Y. – Child•cor, a new children's wellness program, is planning to begin in Thornwood this August, using yoga, dramatic arts and creative meditative practices to help kids manage stress and improve self-worth.

Child•cor founder and director Elena Olivieri has been involved in elementary and middle school education in Westchester County, New York City and Budapest Hungary. It was during her time in Hungary that Olivieri saw how yoga, affirmations and arts positively affected her student's focus and success.

“Through these types of experiences with my students,” Olivieri said. “I found that I may not have been teaching arithmetic or the science of gravity, but I was teaching how to be proud of yourself, how to accept yourself and others, to appreciate your peers, and how to be more present, which collectively enhanced the learning of all of their common branch subjects. I was teaching the whole child.”

Child•cor will start on Aug. 3, running in four-week sessions on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon at the American Legion Hall on Garrigan Avenue. The program is for children between the ages of seven and 12.

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