Schools we've impacted
We boost the mental health of students, teachers and parents by providing programs, presentations and resources.
Art, Music, and Pet Therapy
The Kimberly Anne Wilson Foundation believes in the benefits of mental health wellness through the use of different modalities. Creative wellness practices such as expressing oneself's through art and/or music can have a therapeutic effect on one's mental health. In-school pet visits from certified animal therapy teams bring healing comfort to student's as well.
Roosevelt Middle School
John Marshall school #20
bayberry elementary school
The Kimberly Anne Wilson foundation sponsors speaker series for students, teachers, parents and counselors on how to deal with mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression. These professional speakers help students learn the importance of positive coping skills and how to incorporate them into their everyday lives.
Mental Health Speakers for students
Columbia Middle School
Scott, a young speaker from Minding Your Mind, tells a relatable story to a captive middle-school audience about struggles he endured during his years as a teenager and more importantly, the positive coping skills he utilized to manage his challenges. The same virtual presentation was also given to parents as well. with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Governor Livingston HS
Evan, a young speaker from Minding your Mind, talks about his personal struggles with substance abuse, anxiety and depression. He spoke to the high schoolers about positive coping skills he used to manage and overcome his mental health challenges. The same virtual presentation was also given to parents as well. with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Governor Livingston HS
Melissa Breslin, LCSW spoke to students about signs of anxiety and depression and positive coping skills to meet those challenges. Following the discussion, there was a question and answer period which proved to be helpful to the students.
Roosevelt Middle School
The KAW Foundation funded Roosevelt Middle School to host speaker Connie Palmer, LCSW, who educated students about anti-bullying initiatives. Her "Bullies To Buddies" program, a proven and effective approach, offers valuable insights into addressing and resolving issues related to bullying.
Girl scouts of central & Southern nj
The KAW Foundation introduced and sponsored Connie Palmer, LCSW, to be one of the panelists who spoke to the younger Girl Scouts about mental health at Dream Labs in North Brunswick.
The girls were earning their Health Badge. Both parents and girls scouts attending found the info provided very useful.
A Minding Your Mind Professional Speaker engaged with students, imparting valuable insights on the advantages of emotional self-regulation and the importance of fostering kindness within school communities.
Mountain Park Elementary School & MKM Early Childhood Center
Thomas p. Hughes & William Woodruff elementary school
Wildwood Elementary School
Charles E. Trefurt Elementary School, P.S.#8
BAYBERRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mental health speakers for teachers, PARENTS and Counselors
The Gifted and Talent Syposium is a gathering of teachers from multiple counties within NJ who come together to learn ways to identify kids struggling and how they can help the kids as well as themselves by learning coping skills.
Gifted and talented teachers symposium
The KAW Website sponsored a program to train the camp counselors on recognizing signs of mental health challenges and how to help their young campers.
Cross Roads camp and Retreat Center
Evan and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Minding your Mind, spoke to parents about recognizing signs of mental health struggles and advising them on positive coping skills for their children.
CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH & ZOOM PRESENTATION
INSPIRED Kindness Week
The Kimberly Anne Wilson Foundation introduced Kindness Week in the Berkeley Heights Public School District in February 2023. Each school engaged in kindness projects or random acts of kindness. The schools who participated are: Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center, Mountain Park Elementary School, Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School, William Woodruff Elementary School, Columbia Middle School and Governor Livingston High School. This program will continue each year. Below are some photos that show the student design boxes used as well as gifts donated by the foundation to those students who carried out random acts of kindness. Also shown are faculty and administration supportive of the week.
The foundation researched, introduced and donated to the Berkeley Heights school district a beautifully illustrated set of books for all elementary school teachers to use in their classrooms. The books teach in a fun and engaging way how children can identify their feelings, manage them and learn how to express themselves in a positive manner. The books also teach the children the importance of understanding differences in points of views and respecting their peers through using kindness and empathy. This donation was extremely well received and utilized in a variety of ways. The administration subsequently decided to expand upon this author's collection of books to further enhance their social-emotional learning initiatives.
Our foundation has distributed many kindness books to the elementary schools as they continue on their journey to teach kindness.
Here are some of the books we have donated after the kindness presentations:
Kindness Starts with You’ by Jacqueline Stagg
'Ricky the Rock that Couldn't Roll' by Mr. Jay
'Kindness Week' by Tahiya Cooper
'A Little Spot of Kindness' by Diane Alber
'Kindness is my Superpower' by Alicia Ortego
The foundation donated fidget toys to
Bayberry Elementary School, all K-4 classrooms
Mountain Lakes Elementary School, all K-4 Classrooms
All K-5 schools in Berkeley Heights
These donations were extremely well received and utilized in a variety of ways.