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    Coral Springs Teacher Creating Meditative Space for Students

    A teacher in Coral Springs is using art and technology to create a restorative space for her students. NBC 6's Amanda Plasencia reports.

    (Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018)

    One Coral Springs educator is trying to change her students' lives through art and technology -- but she needs some help with specific materials.

    "My wish list is that I'm in desperate need for some rocks," Debi London said. "I need hundreds and hundreds of them."

    London, an art teacher from James S. Hunt Elementary School, has a colorful vision for those stones. She's trying to create a restorative space for her students.

    "Those are specifically gonna be dedicated to peace and kindness words, as a visual reminder that we must all do acts of peace and kindness every day in our classroom, our school and our community," she said.

    From hand painted lady bugs to peace signs, London is hoping these heart rocks inspire strength, happiness, and joy especially in the wake of recent tragic events in the Parkland and Coral Springs community.

    "What we're going to do to honor the children and the victims and their families is we're gonna have 21 stepping stones painted by some of our artists here as a visual reminder that we won't forget," she said.

    Their dream is to use the painted pebbles to transform an outdoor spot into a meditative butterfly garden complete with rainbow benches. They want it to be a place where kids and teachers can reflect and unwind.

    To help achieve her goal of more art supplies, London is using the website Donors Choose.

    "It's kinda what I like to call my little wish list," she said. "I think of a project, I write a project and I let the site do their magic."

    With the help of the charity website, London's mission is to enrich the lives of her students.

    "The school that I teach at is a Title I school, and I have all these wonderful visions and I want my students to receive the best materials, art supplies and technology," London said.

    To help London fulfill her mission for her students, check out the Donors Choose pages here and here.

    NBC 6, Telemundo 51, Communities in Schools and the United Way are teaming up for Supporting Our Schools. From July 16 to July 27, those interested in making donations can do so at participating locations in South Florida. Click here for a list of drop-off locations.

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